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Reasons to File a Birth-Related Legal Claim

According to the National Healthcare Quality Report, each year in the United States, approximately 28,000 infants are born with birth injuries, many of which result from obstetrician and health care worker negligence. Additionally, 700 American women die every year as a result of either pregnancy or delivery complications. As an experienced Kansas City, MO birth injury lawyer – including those who practice at Royce Injury Attorneys, LLC – can confirm, there are (very, very unfortunately) numerous reasons why American families are compelled to file birth-related medical malpractice claims. 

Injuries to the Mother

Unfortunately, physical injuries to a mother during pregnancy and delivery are common. Although Caesarean sections are widely considered a safe form of delivery, sometimes excessive bleeding following surgery can remain unchecked and lead to the mother’s death. Infections, scar tissue, and injury to the mother’s bladder from an obstetrician’s scalpel can also occur. 

Unmonitored and untreated preeclampsia, a dangerous pregnancy complication characterized by hypertension, can cause encephalopathy, seizures and even death of the mother and unborn child. 

Additionally, spinal epidurals and anesthesia used during childbirth can negatively impact a woman’s oxygen levels, heart rate, and blood pressure, all of which must be closely monitored. These are just a few of the injury types that can affect pregnant, laboring, and postpartum women as a result of medical negligence. 

Injuries to the Child

When obstetricians incorrectly use labor and delivery tools, a baby can suffer severe and life-threatening birth injuries. For example, misuse of forceps during childbirth may cause facial paralysis that could require surgery to repair. Additional nerve damage to a baby’s neck may occur when an obstetrician exerts too much force to pull the child out of the birth canal. If the umbilical cord is twisted or compressed, the baby may become oxygen deprived, which can cause damage to the brain and result in cerebral palsy, seizures and intellectual disabilities. 

Again, these are – very unfortunately – just a few examples of the kinds of injuries that can affect fetuses and infants as a result of medical negligence. 

Common Types of Childbirth Malpractice Claims

Not every childbirth injury results from medical malpractice; however, patients may have a claim when obstetricians or their care staff violate medical standards and cause injury to the mother and/or child. Consider the most common types of childbirth malpractice claims:

  • Waiting too long to perform a C-section
  • Failing to respond to a baby in distress
  • Failing to prevent or control hemorrhaging in either the mother or child
  • Failing to properly treat severe uterine or vaginal tears, either during or after childbirth
  • Waiting too long to respond to fetal macrosomia (an oversized baby)
  • Failing to observe or treat umbilical cord entrapment
  • Exerting too much force to remove a baby during delivery
  • Misusing vacuum extraction tools or forceps during delivery

Patients who believe that they may have reasons to file a birth-related medical malpractice claim should consult a birth injury lawyer. These claims are essential in maintaining a higher standard of care for those who have been injured and in preventing similar challenges from happening to others. 

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