Childbirth requires strict medical care because of the severe repercussions that could happen due to unexpected complications. Unfortunately, these situations might be unavoidable. Any problems caused by medical negligence could have catastrophic effects or become fatal.
Medical practitioners receive training to react well to emergency cases, such as childbirth. However, negligent actions could harm the mother or the child. Here are six examples of medical negligence that usually result in birth injuries:
- Improper monitoring of the fetus’ condition
- Errors causing tears or bleeding
- Failure to choose the appropriate delivery method
- Inappropriate use of vacuum or forceps
- Using excessive force as the baby comes out of the birth canal
- Failure to diagnose and treat the baby’s health issues right after birth
These actions could lead to severe bodily harm, such as extensive blood loss, nerve problems, brain damage, spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy or skull fractures.
Treatments for birth injuries are expensive
Medical negligence could cause long-term effects on the baby. In these cases, families have no choice but to seek expensive treatments to manage the baby’s symptoms, including:
- Aquatic, speech or physical therapy
- Mobility aids and other assistive instruments
- Extensive medication
- Specialist consultations
- Home or special care services
Unfortunately, the average family might be unable to afford the necessary medical care, services and equipment. Additionally, one of the parents might need to stop working and focus on caring for the child.
If negligence during childbirth led to a lasting health condition, parents could pursue damages by filing a medical malpractice claim. Receiving compensation could help a family cope with financial challenges and care for the baby.