Every parent wishes his or her child to live and enjoy life without any obstacle. However, there are instances where an injury happens that could scar a child and affect his or her life forever. In some cases, these defects are not unavoidable. In some cases, the doctor fails to read the information correctly. In other instances, there might be a failure of communication between the doctor and the staff. Although doctors and medical staff make mistakes, it is their duty to exercise due care and diligence in dealing with any procedure.
In cases where the doctor fails to exercise due care, what should you do?
Certain factors increase the risk of birth injuries as a consequence of prolonged labour. One of the most serious risks that occur during prolonged births is the potential that the baby gets lodged in the birth canal. This normally diminishes or cuts off the supply of oxygen to the baby. This shortage of oxygen, also known as perinatal asphyxia, commonly leads to brain injuries that harm the tissue in the cerebral motor cortex; otherwise known as cerebral palsy.
While some prolonged labor cases are no one’s fault, many birth injuries still result from the negligence of the doctors delivering and monitoring the mother in labor. Labor may be prolonged due to the doctor’s failure to monitor or perform tests, failure to recognize fetal distress, improper use of forceps or vacuum, or failure to order or delay in ordering for caesarean section procedure. In some circumstances, the failure for a doctor to order an emergency caesarean section, (C-Section) will make that doctor and/or medical care facility liable for the injuries to the child for their failure to properly act. These failures or negligence may result in injuries and infections such as brachial palsy, bruising or forceps marks, cephalohematoma, facial paralysis, fractures, and sepsis. Healthcare providers have the duty to provide safe care in delivering babies. If your baby suffered injuries during birth, the doctor may be held liable for damages.
In the case that these unfortunate events occur, the best thing to do is to consult with a medical malpractice attorney. A birth defect alters the life of a child, and can sometimes even lead to death. Some birth defects also require lifetime treatment and medication, in which case, the family will need some support for those expenses. It also affects the family members, their time, and even their emotions. Most of the effects of birth injuries are even beyond any monetary compensation.
If you believe that your child or a loved one has suffered any birth injury from the wrongful negligent acts of a medical practitioner or institution, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact d’Oliveira & Associates at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form on our website to find out how you should proceed with your claim. Our competent and experienced medical malpractice attorneys have 10-24 years of experience in representing the rights of injured parties in personal injury and medical malpractice cases. At this point, you are in need of a medical malpractice RI attorney who will be with you in every step of the way, fighting for the rights of your child.East Providence Personal Injury Lawyers | d’Oliveira & Associates
East Providence, RI 02914
Phone: (401) 431-1990