Medical Malpractice during Labor and Delivery
When it comes to medical care, not every bad outcome constitutes malpractice. Doctors make mistakes just like we all do. However, when a doctor lacks the proper skill and training or makes errors in the course of treatment that are not in keeping with accepted medical standards, the doctor may be liable for medical malpractice. When these errors occur during the management of prenatal care or during labor and delivery, the effects on your child can be devastating. The Columbia injury lawyers at Proffitt & Cox, LLP offer experienced medical negligence representation to children and their families.
Review of a potential medical malpractice case for merit involves acquiring copies of all relevant medical records and review of those records by a qualified medical expert. Successful pursuit of a medical malpractice case requires the assistance of one or more medical experts who conclude that malpractice occurred and that negligence of the treating physician was the reason for the poor result suffered by the patient. South Carolina protects doctors from doubtful claims by requiring the patient’s lawyer to obtain an affidavit of merit from an expert witness before the case can even be filed.
How Birth Injuries Can Occur
Birth injury negligence can occur during prenatal care and childbirth.
Making sure newborns are born healthy is a lengthy process, and physicians can commit medical malpractice long before the child is born. Birth injury negligence can occur during prenatal care and childbirth.
Negligent prenatal care is often to blame for many medical conditions experienced by mothers and their infants. Some errors commonly made by physicians and obstetricians include:
- Misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose or delay in the diagnosis of a medical condition affecting the health of the mother or fetus
- Failure to identify birth defects
- Failure to identify complications, such as ectopic pregnancies
- Failure to diagnose a disease in the mother that could be contracted by the fetus
Negligence during the delivery of a child is another source of serious birth injuries. This is a time when medical professionals must pay close attention to the health of the mother and child, and act with care to ensure a successful delivery. Mistakes during childbirth include:
- Failure to react to indications of fetal distress
- Failure to remedy medical complications, such as excessive maternal blood loss
- Failure to anticipate some forms of birth complications
- Failure to monitor the infant’s oxygen intake
- Failure to perform a cesarean section (C-section) when necessary
- Misuse of forceps or vacuum extractor during delivery
Errors committed in any stage of pregnancy or childbirth can cause a number of medical conditions. Some injuries include:
- Bone fractures
- Facial paralysis
- Brachial plexus injuries
- Erb’s palsy
- Brain injuries
- Cerebral palsy
If You or Your Child Suffered Injuries During Birth, We Can Help
Adjusting to life after a birth injury can be difficult. Children with birth injuries may suffer from disabilities that require significant, lifelong medical care. If you sustained injuries while giving birth, or if your child experienced a birth injury due to medical malpractice, you should not be responsible for the medical expenses resulting from this birth injury.
Our Columbia injury attorneys want to work on your behalf to seek compensation for past medical treatments, future medical care which may be needed, loss of earning potential, pain and suffering in addition to any other damages. Individuals in South Carolina can contact our South Carolina injury attorneys by phone at (803) 834-7097. You can also call us toll free at (877) 286-0533, or submit the online contact form on our website.