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Labor and Delivery Mistakes: Medical Malpractice Lawsuits for Birth Injury

By William Chanfrau, Jr. on August 23, 2015

A baby after deliveryThe lawyers of Chanfrau & Chanfrau have strong reputation as some of the leading legal minds in the Daytona Beach area. Their expertise has proven helpful in countless civil actions that involve injury or death as a result of negligence.

This kind of legal experience is crucial, particularly in medical malpractice cases involving childbirth injuries. We'd like to use this post to focus on issues related to labor and delivery and why these need to be taken seriously.

Taking All Stages of Pregnancy and Childbirth Seriously

All stages of pregnancy have to be taken seriously, from prenatal care to the eventual delivery of the baby. The labor and delivery process should be handled by skilled medial professionals who understand why this process has to be faultless. Sadly, there are a number of mistakes that can occur during labor and delivery, and they can be tragic.

Mistakes During Labor and Delivery Can Have Long-Term Repercussions

Mistakes made during labor and delivery can cause major harm to a child and the mother. Birth injuries can lead to long-term developmental problems to the baby, for example, and a mother can actually experience a number of different injuries if doctors in the delivery room are not careful. Careful monitoring of a mother's pain as well as the vital of both mother and child are crucial in the delivery room and cannot be disregarded.

Making the Right Choice Regarding C-Sections

A Caesarian section may be performed if vaginal delivery of a baby is proving very difficult and may pose a major health risk to the child or the mother. While a C-section can save lives, there are times when they may be unnecessary and more dangerous than a vaginal delivery. Some doctors may perform a C-section even if it is not medically necessary, simply as a way to speed up the delivery process. Unnecessary C-sections may be grounds for litigation, particularly if a mother and her spouse did not approve.

Types of Birth Injuries That May Occur

During delivery, there are different kinds of injuries that may occur, affecting your child possibly for the rest of his or her life. Some of these include:

  • Brain Injuries and Damage – This can involve any number of traumas to the brain during delivery, to issues involving suction or forceps to oxygen deprivation

  • Muscle and Nerve Damage – Muscle and nerve damage may occur if there is a difficult birth or mistakes made during delivery that harm a baby, particularly the limbs

  • Infections During Delivery – It is possible for infections to occur in the delivery room if doctors are not careful, and these can have major affects on a newborn's wellness

The Hospital Stay Has to Be Safe as Well

If a mother and child remain in the hospital before returning home, it's of the utmost importance that the maternity ward is clean and sterile. There are a number of cases in which unclean linens and other issues have resulted in infections of newborns. As with infections during delivery, infections or any kinds of illnesses contracted right after childbirth can lead to long-term problems for the baby.

Learn More About Your Legal Options

To learn more about your legal options with regard to birth injuries and problems during pregnancy, it's important that you contact our team of personal injury lawyers today. The attorneys of Chanfrau & Chanfrau will help you and your loved ones during your time of legal need.

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