When new lives are born, there are many things that can go wrong. Instead of thinking about all these possibilities, parents focus on hoping for a healthy baby. They take all the steps to ensure this during pregnancy. Pregnant moms try to eat healthy to provide the proper nutrients for the mothers. They try to keep their health and the baby’s health a main priority during this time. Unfortunately, an issue can still happen when the baby is born. When an incident occurs, the baby can be affected for the rest of their lives or may need surgery to fix a birth injury. These injuries can be hard on the parents. Although they have done everything they can to ensure a healthy baby, a wrong move in childbirth can ruin all that preparation. Since birth injuries are caused by a doctor’s negligence, they can be considered to be medical malpractice. A patient can file a lawsuit against the doctor to seek damages on behalf of the baby.
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What birth injuries can be caused by negligence?
During childbirth, situations can arise where a doctor does not display the proper care. When this occurs, an injury can happen to the newborn, causing them to become deformed. These injuries can include a variety of acts by the doctor. It is important to remember acts of negligence by the doctor that can prove they did not do all they can to prevent the injury from occurring to prove your case for medical malpractice. Birth injuries can include Erb’s palsy, cerebral palsy, facial paralysis, spinal cord injuries and more. When negligence plays a role 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 a shoulder dystocia.
For these cases, you will have to prove that a doctor’s negligence directly caused the injury to the child, which may be something that affects the child for the rest of their life. The medical professional’s negligence can be seen through their standard of care based on their association with other professionals in their field and institutions they work for. These insights can give you a look at what their care should look like and consist of. Negligence can prove that medical malpractice took place by revealing that the doctor failed to uphold a certain standard of care that they were supposed to. An investigation should be done to prove that the doctor was negligent.
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