Take Action Against Healthcare Professionals Responsible for Birth Injuries
Medical malpractice isn’t limited to the realms of surgery, diagnosis and medication. There are a variety of injuries that may occur during childbirth that are the fault of negligent healthcare professionals. Some of the more common of these conditions include cerebral palsy, fractures, Erb’s palsy and Klumpke’s palsy.
Medical malpractice could occur during the delivery of the child, but it could also happen during prenatal care. The following are some elements of each type of malpractice in childbirth:
- Negligence during prenatal care. Negligence that occurs during prenatal care could harm either the fetus or the mother — or even both. For example, a doctor may fail to diagnose a specific medical condition that a mother has that could make childbirth more difficult. Physicians could also fail to identify potential birth defects that the child could have or ectopic pregnancies that occur. Occasionally, mothers may have diseases that could be contagious to the fetus, and it is the doctor’s responsibility to make sure that the patient knows this.
- Negligence during delivery of the child. When it comes time for the baby to actually be delivered, a doctor’s negligence could cause harm to the infant or mother. One common example of negligence during childbirth is when a doctor fails to anticipate birth complications because of a tangled umbilical cord or the size of the baby. This could lead to fractures or strangulation. A failure to order a cesarean section or to respond to clear signs of fetal distress may also constitute malpractice.
If you or your child suffered injuries during childbirth, a knowledgeable Tampa attorney with the Matassini Law Firm, P.A. will help you take swift legal action. Call us at 813.379.2007 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation today.