Sometimes, birth injuries, complications during labor, and birth defects are no one’s fault – in other words, they don’t come about because of negligence. In other cases, birth injuries and resulting complications are the direct result of mistakes during childbirth. Below, we’ll discuss three different types of physician negligence.
A growing number of women (about 10%) are opting for midwives for prenatal care, labor, and delivery, over traditional physicians. Some suggest this has been prompted by a rise in cesarean rates. About a third of all U.S. births are C-section, even though the World Health Organization recommends just 10-15%. Others suggest that midwives are growing in favor because, unlike doctors whose medical training is largely responding to medical events, midwives focus on caring for the mother, since childbirth is more often a natural occurrence than a medical event. Just like doctors, midwives can be negligent. If you or your baby was injured during childbirth and you used a midwife, call us to learn if you have a case.
According to a recent study, OB/GYNs and surgeons are the most likely to be sued among all physicians. A Medscape survey pointed to numbers as high as 85% of OB/GYNs who face lawsuits at some point during their careers. OB/GYNs are sued for things like “patient suffering abnormal injury” (36%), failure to diagnose (22%), and failure to treat (15%).
Pregnant women entrust their health and their future child’s health to physicians such as obstetricians, midwives, perinatologists, family practitioners, and labor/delivery nurses. Any misstep causing an avoidable, preventable injury could warrant a birth injury claim against the physician.
Determining negligence in a medical malpractice case is the first step to recovery. Hampton & King provides our clients with highly accurate and insightful answers regarding their cases because we employ full-time medical professionals. Our firm is one of the only ones to have full-time medical professionals on staff, including a licensed doctor and a Ph.D. nurse who specializes in care quality. During your initial case evaluation, they will help you understand if or why your case was caused by negligence.
Birth injury cases are exceedingly complex, and are best handled by experienced birth injury attorneys. If you or your child was harmed during childbirth, and you would like to know if it was caused by medical negligence, we invite you to contact us today for a free review of your legal rights and options.
Negligent fetal heart monitoring, HIE
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