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Can a Birth Injury be Caused by Medical Malpractice?

With today's modern medicine, the advances in obstetrics and gynecology have increased the survival rates of premature babies and mothers who endure difficult labors and deliveries. Despite the improvements in medical technology over the past fifty years, one cannot discount the fact that there are a percentage of medical errors that occur in the field.

Medical errors are also referred to as medical malpractice. Medical malpractice refers to professional negligence on behalf of the health care provider. When it comes to labor and delivery, any time that a nurse or obstetrician or anesthesiologist provides medical treatment that falls below the acceptable standards of care in the medical community and it results in a birth injury to the infant or death, it is considered medical malpractice.

It's critical that a mother and infant be closely monitored all throughout pregnancy, labor and delivery and that the mother and infant are very closely monitored for signs of low blood pressure, lack of oxygen, preterm labor, pregnancy-induced hypertension, amniotic fluid problems, anemia, maternal and fetal infections, digestive and liver disorders, premature rupture of membranes etc.

Certain risk factors increase the chances of birth injuries, some of which include large babies, prematurity, cephalopelvic disproportion, dystocia (difficult labor or childbirth), prolonged labor and an abnormal birthing presentation. When the attending physician fails to observe a warning sign or when he or she fails to respond correctly to an emergency situation, the infant can sustain a birth injury.

Some of the more common birth injuries include caput succedaneum (swelling of the soft tissues in the baby's scalp), force marks, facial paralysis, cerebral palsy, brachial plexus injuries, fractures, and brain damage from oxygen deprivation. Of the different types of birth injuries, one of the most serious and life-threatening is brain injuries caused by oxygen deprivation during labor and delivery, and this is often entirely preventable.

Mothers can experience postpartum hemorrhage which is excessive bleeding after the birth of the baby. Sometimes medical interventions can be the cause of this condition and these include general anesthesia, labor-inducing medications, the use of forceps and vacuum-assisted delivery, and medications to stop contractions. With postpartum hemorrhage, excessive and rapid blood loss can cause a severe drop in blood pressure and can lead to death if left untreated.

If your infant has sustained a serious birth injury, we urge you to contact a Connecticut medical malpractice lawyer from McCoy & McCoy at once to discuss your case and to find out if you have grounds to make a claim for damages against the liable party.

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