When a mother goes to the hospital to have her baby, she trusts the medical staff to take care of her and her child. But when something goes wrong during the process, it can be devastating. Unfortunately, there are many times that childbirth injuries are the direct result of negligence by the medical staff. In other words, it was preventable.
If you are a parent who has had to deal with medical expenses, lost time at work, and other monetary damages due to a medical professional’s negligence, you may be able to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against them for their negligence. With the help of an experienced Mankato personal injury attorney, you can file the lawsuit and recover the compensation that you need to help your child have the best possible quality of life.
Investigating Medical Malpractice
Most birth injuries are not the result of medical malpractice since a large percentage of delivery doctors and their assisting medical staff follow acceptable procedures. In order for medical malpractice to be determined, it has to be proven that the medical doctor or staff acted unreasonably or that the provider displayed conduct that was the direct reason for the injury.
Such errors that can support a childbirth injury lawsuit include:
- Failing to rapidly diagnose preterm labor and treating the issue
- Failing to appropriately to bleeding
- Failure to respond to umbilical cord matters, such as entrapment
- Failing to anticipate any complications that are foreseeable and taking proper precautions
- Inappropriate use of labor inducing drugs
- Misuse of the vacuum extractor or forceps during delivery
- Delaying a caesarian section order
- Failing to treat a distressed fetus during the delivery process
There are some laws that apply to birth injuries, such as the statute of limitations that states there is a certain time period in which claims can be filed against the medical staff. There is also the expert affidavit, which requires a person claiming birth injury malpractice to present a written document that is signed by a medical malpractice expert.
Expert Childbirth Injury Representation
There are many different types of birth injuries that can occur. They include brain injuries, facial paralysis, subconjunctival hemorrhage, fractures, and errors that lead to Cerebral Palsy, Cephalohematoma, and epilepsy. There is a long list of childbirth injuries that can result. Whichever one your child is suffering from, our Southern Minnesota personal injury attorneys will work hard for you to obtain the best possible result for you.
Contact A Mankato Personal Injury Lawyer
Childbirth injuries can occur during natural delivery or by caesarian section. When the injury is the result of medical malpractice, it is important to hold the responsible parties accountable so that the necessary compensation can be recovered for the damages done. The medical bills resulting from the error can pile up and so can other costs, such as lost wages from having to miss work. To learn more about your options, call Farrish Johnson Law Office, CHTD at 507-625-2525 for a free consultation.