Although medical technology has advanced enough to prevent most complications with the birth of a child, problems still do arise sometimes. There are many things that the mother can do in advance to prevent birth defects and other horrible diseases, however there is a burden on the doctors and health care professionals as well to ensure that the baby is delivered successfully. Medical mistakes can lead to birth injuries for both mother and child and many are indeed highly preventable.
Firstly, it is important to note that prevent birth injuries happens at all stages of pregnancy. Abstaining from alcohol, smoking, intense physical activity, hot baths, and toxic substances, such as bug spray and paint, is a given, but also attending regular doctor visits to ensure that the baby is developing normally. If the doctor fails to notice a potentially obvious problem during these visits, there may be malpractice at play.
During birth, the doctor should be on full alert to ensure that the baby is delivered successfully. While unavoidable complications can arise, many common injuries, such as those caused by the improper use of birth tools, failing to perform a timely C-section, cutting the umbilical cord too soon, or failing to treat fetal infections. All of these actions put the child at risk and should not happen if the doctor is competent and focused.
If you or your child is injured due to one of these circumstances, there are almost certainly grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit against that doctor or hospital. Such legal cases can become complicated very quickly, so it is always best to consult with an attorney when pursuing this route. To learn about how we at the Franco Law Firm can serve you in this role and to schedule a free consultation with us today, please call us at (813) 872-0929.