A birth injury affects the mother or her baby during labor, childbirth or the recovery period. While some birth injuries are minor, such as small scratches and bruises, others, such as brain and spinal cord injury, can be permanent or take life.
Some infections can contribute to a higher risk for birth injury. Your doctor should be vigilant in checking for and aggressively treating any infection, especially in the 2nd and 3rd trimester.
Some birth injuries occur because of a health care provider’s negligence. This means that the provider has a duty of care to their patient and either acts contrary to that duty or fails to act. Common types of malpractice that contribute to birth injuries include failing to diagnose harmful conditions for the mother or baby, failing to order a necessary cesarean section timely or incorrectly using assistive delivery devices such as forceps or a vacuum.
If you or your baby suffered an injury during birth, you may have a medical malpractice case. The statute of limitations for medical malpractice cases is different under different situations and is very complicated. Please contact our office and we will investigate to see whether a valid case exists.