Medical malpractice lawsuits are legal actions that encompass a great number of injuries resulting from medical negligence. Occasionally, these lawsuits can be against an individual provider or nurse, or an entire facility and its staff. Any injury or loss resulting from medical care can be grounds to file a medical malpractice action. This includes injuries or loss suffered by a child or mother before, during, and after labor and delivery.
The birth of a child is an exciting time for parents. This excitement, however, should not diminish the complexity of the process. During labor and delivery, medical providers and parents alike face many challenges. Occasionally, these challenges can result in injury to the newborn or mother. When these injuries are the result of negligence, parents may file a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Newborn hypoxia is a common issue during and after delivery. It is the term given to describe any condition that slows or prevents oxygen from reaching the brain. Many times, this condition is the result of completely unforeseeable and unpreventable issues in utero, and can be reversed if detected and treated early. Unfortunately, some doctors fail to identify the condition early enough or even delay treatment for it which often results in brain damage, disability and death. When this happens, parents may file a medical malpractice claim against the provider.
Newborn hypoxia is just one type of birth injury that may be the result of negligence. If you have suffered the injury or loss of a child at the hands of a negligent provider, staff member or facility, you may be entitled to compensation. An experienced medical malpractice attorney can help identify areas of negligence, and can work to ensure you and your family's loss receives the attention and compensation it deserves.