According to U.S. statistics, 27 out of 1000 live births produce some sort of birth related injury.  When this occurs, the happy and joyous moment everyone was expecting turns into grief and disbelief, followed by questions as to what happened?  Sadly, the answer is that some of these injuries are caused by the malpractice/negligence of the hospital, obstetrician, doctors, nurses or other medical providers, including maternity centers and midwives.

Those responsible for the prenatal, birth delivery and postnatal care of mother and baby can be held responsible for injuries or wrongful death due to: 

  • Failure to correctly handle a breached delivery;
  • Failure to diagnose preterm labor and birth;
  • Failure to induce labor;
  • Failure to defend the baby from oxygen deprivation;
  • Failure to diagnose complications during pregnancy;
  • Failure to detect fetus distress such as umbilical cord or nuchal cord compression, meconium ingestion, fetal hypoxia, etc.
  • Failure to perform emergency cesarean section in the presence of fetal distress or other emergency;
  • Failure to properly manage delivery complications;
  • Failure to properly manage pregnancy complications;
  • Failure to properly use forceps, vacuum or other medical instruments;
  • Failure to recognize the mother's small pelvis size in comparison to baby's large size;
  • Failure to schedule or plan for a C-Section in the presence of a high birth weight infant which could cause a spontaneous delivery;
  • Failure to test and treat dangerous medical conditions that develop in the mother during pregnancy such as gestational diabetes or preeclampsia;
  • Failure to timely perform cesarean section;
  • Failure to use proper birth delivery techniques.

The most common injuries suffered by a baby during pregnancy, labor or delivery include:

  • Asphyxia
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Brain Damage
  • Brain Hemorrhage
  • Broken Bones
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Epilepsy
  • Erb's Palsy
  • Fetal Hypoxia
  • Fractured Arm
  • Fractured Collar Bone
  • Head Trauma
  • Mental Retardation
  • Oxygen Deprivation
  • Paralysis
  • Permanent Disabilities
  • Seizures
  • Shoulder Dystocia
  • Stillborn
  • Temporary Disabilities
  • Traumatic Brian Injury
  • Traumatic Nerve Injury
  • Wrongful Death

In addition, birth mothers can suffer from a variety of injuries including:

  • Anal Fissures
  • Anesthetic Complications
  • Birth Canal Complications
  • Bleeding Disorder
  • Bowel Obstructions after C-Section
  • Brain Stroke
  • Caesarean Complications
  • Cardio-Respiratory Dysfunction
  • Eclampsia
  • Episiotomy Complications
  • Excessive Bleeding
  • Gestational Diabetes
  • Hemorrhage
  • Hypovolemia
  • Infections or Sepsis
  • Pelvic Damage
  • Placenta Abruption
  • Placenta Accreta
  • Placenta Previa
  • Preeclampsia
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic Delivery
  • Uterine Bleeding
  • Uterine Rupture
  • VBAC Complications (vaginal birth after c-section)
  • Vaginal Tears
  • Wrongful Death

Or any other injuries or wrongful death incident suffered by baby and/or mother during pregnancy, labor or delivery.

Unfortunately, medical mistakes and errors can occur after the successful delivery of a baby.   Babies sometimes develop respiratory and other conditions shortly after birth that are not monitored correctly.  Furthermore, newborns are sometimes mishandled, dropped and even abused by nurses, techs, doctors and other hospital staff causing severe bodily injuries.

There are other areas of medical malpractice that revolve around the birth of a child.  These malpractice areas include wrongful birth, birth defects and premature birth/NICU malpractice.   

You can reach Medical Malpractice Injury Lawyer J.P. Gonzalez-Sirgo by dialing his direct number at (786) 272-5841, calling the main office at (305) 461-1095, or Toll Free at 1 (866) 71-CLAIM or email Attorney Gonzalez-Sirgo directly at[email protected].
J.P. Gonzalez-Sirgo
J.P. Gonzalez-Sirgo, P.A.
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