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Birth Injury Malpractice and Medical Negligence

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Medical negligence, or malpractice, occurs when a doctor, or other health care provider, deviates from accepted standards of practice, and causes harm to a patient.

Birth injuries can be caused by malpractice in a variety of scenarios:

  • Failure to accurately interpret fetal ultrasounds
  • Failure to promptly recognize signs of fetal distress seen on the fetal heart monitor and provide the appropriate treatment
  • Failure to expedite delivery of the baby, or to perform a cesarean section (c-section), when the condition of the baby and/or mother requires it
  • Improper use of delivery instruments such as forceps or vacuum
  • Improper use of Pitocin, a drug which is used to induce or facilitate labor
  • Failure to properly resuscitate or care for the newborn after delivery
  • And others

Medical Negligence may also be due to a physician’s improper management of a complicated pregnancy or delivery situation such as:

  • Abnormal maternal bleeding or fetal bleeding
  • Compressed or prolapsed umbilical cord
  • Prolonged labor
  • Detached placenta (placental abruption)
  • Inadequate pelvis size for vaginal delivery
  • Maternal infections
  • And others

If you believe your child has a birth injury that may have been caused by negligent medical care, one of our birth injury lawyers may be able to help. We have over 30 years of experience representing families like yours in birth injury cases resulting from substandard care. Our team of registered nurses will listen to your concerns and help get your questions answered.