Medical malpractice affects patients in many different ways, but it can be especially upsetting for some, such as women who give birth and their loved ones. Expectant parents often believe that their physician and the medical professionals who provide care will do their best to protect the mother and her infant during the birthing process, as they should. Unfortunately, some medical professionals in New Mexico and other parts of the country have failed to provide patients with the care that they deserve. When negligence occurs during childbirth, the consequences can be especially devastating for entire families.
These mistakes can be incredibly harmful to mothers and infants. Mothers may suffer as a result of vaginal tears, pre-eclampsia, an infection they acquired in the hospital, or mistakes made during a caesarian section. Infants, on the other hand, may suffer due to Erb’s palsy or cerebral palsy, shoulder dystocia, or brain damage brought on by a lack of oxygen. For mothers and children alike, these mistakes can even prove fatal. When someone passes away during a delivery, their loved ones may never be able to recover from the emotional pain brought on by the loss.
Sadly, some of these mistakes that occur during childbirth are entirely preventable and only happen because a medical professional does not do his or her job properly. If this negligence has caused you, your loved one, or your child harm, you should review your legal choices. Our childbirth injury section has more on medical professional negligence during delivery.