One of the most joyous occasions in a person’s life is the birth
of their child. Future plans are envisioned and the arrival of a healthy
newborn is anticipated. However, sometimes complications arise during
labor and delivery, resulting in the baby suffering serious and permanent
injuries. Parents are left dealing with this tragedy, wondering if there
is any way these injuries could’ve been prevented.
The truth is,
birth injuries are often preventable. Physicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers
are trained to anticipate health issues and to immediately resolve them
to ensure the safety of both the mother and the newborn. In situations
in which the standards of care are not followed, the resulting injuries
are derived from negligence.
The following are common examples of preventable birth injuries:
Failure to diagnose or treat an issue either before or during labor and delivery. Whether the situation is high blood pressure (preeclampsia) or the baby’s
head is too large to fit through the mother’s pelvis (cephalopelvic
disproportion), these problems can be identified earlier to resolve the
Failure to monitor a labor and delivery properly. In many cases, nurses and obstetricians to pay proper attention to fetal
monitors or inadequately interpret monitor tracings, causing the baby
to suffer oxygen deprivation.
Delayed treatment or providing the incorrect treatment. For example, failing to order or perform a necessary C-section in a timely manner.
Failure to perform a required procedure or test. These include ultrasounds, blood tests, or brain cooling treatments.
Improper use of delivery tools. Forceps and vacuum extractors are commonly used for difficult births.
When a medical professional misuses them and it results in injury, it
is considered negligence.
Failure to inform the mother of risks and benefits of a procedure, test,
or medication. A mother must be aware of the dangers associated with every aspect of
labor and delivery.
If you child suffered a birth injury during labor or delivery due to medical
malpractice in New York,
contact our New York City medical malpractice lawyer at
Belushin Law Firm, P.C. today.