Birth Injuries are often Result of Medical Malpractice
The birth of your child should be one of the most exciting and happiest times of your life. Sadly, due to the negligence of a healthcare provider, unnecessary birth injuries can cause a lifetime of pain, suffering, or in the most tragic of situations, death. While some of these complications are unavoidable, there are complications and injuries that are a direct result of the negligence and mistakes made by the medical professional.
There are a number of different types of birth injuries that can affect a child. Many carry consequences that will last an entire lifetime. The type and severity of the injury a child may sustain varies. Some children only suffer from minor bruising, while others may suffer from broken bones or a severe disability.
Approximately 9.5% of malpractice lawsuits involve a misdiagnosis, or a failure to diagnose a problem. Some of the most common childbirth injuries include:
- Erb’s Palsy
- Cerebral Palsy
- Shoulder Dystocia
- Internal Bleeding
- Broken bones
These birth injuries can be caused by a number of circumstances, including baby’s size or position during pregnancy and delivery, delay in ordering a C-section, failure to respond to fetal distress, and failure to identify metabolic disorders, blood issues, or complications from diabetes.
All healthcare providers are held to a certain standard of care. When a medical professional fails to act in the same manner that any other reasonable professional would under the same circumstances, they fall below the standard on which they are held and they could be found guilty in a medical malpractice lawsuit.
If you believe you, or your child, are the victims of medical malpractice, it is crucial to contact an experienced and skilled Miami medical malpractice attorney. It can be difficult to determine whether or not medical malpractice occurred because of negligence on the health care providers part, or if an unavoidable tragedy simply occurred.