Can a doctor be held responsible for a birth injury?

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During a pregnancy, soon-to-be mothers and fathers do all they can to ensure that they will have a healthy child together. They want the best for their baby. This includes nurturing during the pregnancy through a certain diet that the mother is following. It can also involve a certain lifestyle once the child is born. Although this can be an exciting time for new parents, it can also be nerve-wracking. They are always worried about the child during these times. Unfortunately, during childbirth, incidents can happen where a child is harmed. If a doctor acts negligently, they can contribute to a birth injury. This can be considered medical malpractice. Any form of negligence by a medical professional may be classified as medical malpractice. This can lead the family to seek legal action against the doctor. Not only do they have to worry about the newborn in childbirth, but they also have to worry about the mother as well. A doctor can be held responsible for a birth injury to the newborn and an injury to the mother during childbirth.

What birth injuries can be caused by negligence?

Mothers do their best during childbirth to have their baby come into this world in the healthiest way. At this time, they have to listen to the doctor鈥檚 orders. There are situations that can happen that can result in an injury to the newborn. These injuries can include a variety of negligent acts that are done by the doctor that is handling the birthing process. For these cases, it is important for patients to remember acts of negligence by the medical professional that can prove they did not do all they can to prevent the injury from occurring. Birth injuries can include Erb鈥檚 palsy, cerebral palsy, facial paralysis, spinal cord injuries and more. When negligence plays a role in a doctor鈥檚 behavior in childbirth, it can result in brain damage caused by vacuum extractor misuse and forceps misuse or brachial plexus injuries caused by excessive force when handling shoulder dystocia.

At Mark L. Bodner, P.C., we are committed to guiding clients through each step of the medical malpractice claims process. Our firm understands how traumatic it can be when you become a victim of medical malpractice. We are prepared to fight on your behalf to help you recover a maximum compensation award. Contact our firm today.