Medical Errors During Labor and Delivery Can Lead to Serious Birth Injuries
Medical errors during labor and delivery are among the leading causes of birth injuries. These errors can lead to oxygen deprivation, physical trauma and other consequences—and they can have life-altering effects in many cases.
If your child has been diagnosed with a birth injury, determining the cause of your child’s injury will be a key first step toward filing a medical malpractice claim. This requires a prompt and thorough investigation conducted by lawyers and medical experts who are familiar with the signs of all forms of malpractice. At Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm, P.A., we have decades of experience representing families in birth injury claims, and our Orlando birth injury lawyers work with trusted medical experts who specialize in diagnosing the causes of birth injuries.
Understanding the Common Causes of Birth Injuries During Labor and Delivery
Many types of medical errors during labor and delivery can lead to birth injuries. In our experience, some of the most common errors in these cases include:
- Failure to Monitor – During childbirth, doctors and nurses should monitor both the mother and the baby for signs of distress. Detecting signs of distress early can help prevent birth injuries in many cases.
- Failure to Diagnose – Monitoring only serves its purpose if it leads to a timely diagnosis. Failure to diagnose maternal and fetal health risks is a leading cause of birth injuries.
- Failure to Treat – Once a doctor has diagnosed a maternal or fetal health risk, the doctor must provide timely and appropriate treatment. Unfortunately, failure to treat is a common—and avoidable—cause of birth injuries as well.
- Improper Use of Forceps or Vacuum Extractors – While forceps and vacuum extractors can prove to be necessary with some difficult deliveries, improper use of these tools can be dangerous. The risks of errors involving forceps and vacuum extractors include physical trauma, nerve damage and brain damage (among others).
- Delayed Cesarean Section (C-Section) – In some cases, a C-section delivery will be necessary to protect the health of the mother, baby or both. Failure to timely recommend and perform a C-section delivery can constitute medical malpractice when it leads to complications that could (and should) have been prevented.
It is important to keep in mind that these are just examples. If you have concerns about the quality of care you or your spouse or partner received during labor or delivery for any reason, you should discuss your concerns with an Orlando birth injury lawyer promptly. Unfortunately, medical errors during labor and delivery are far too common—and far too many new parents find themselves needing to assert their family’s legal rights.
Speak with a Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm Orlando Birth Injury Lawyer for Free
Do you need to know more about filing a birth injury claim in Orlando? If so, we invite you to contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation. To speak with a lawyer in our Orlando law office as soon as possible, please call 800-693-4465 or contact us online today.