Utah Medical Malpractice: Birth Injuries
Birth injuries not only have physical and emotional consequences, they also place a financial strain on the child’s family. I have seen families struggle with the costs of providing physical therapy, special schooling and other care needed for their children. When a birth injury is caused by the negligence of a doctor or other healthcare provider, the family may be able to recover compensation for these costs with the assistance of a medical malpractice attorney. With more than a decade of experience handling birth injury claims, Utah attorney Ryan Springer can determine whether your doctor took proper care during delivery, and the amount of damages that may be owed for your losses.
Was your child injured at birth? If so, you may be able to file a claim against the medical professional who delivered your child. To find out if you are owed compensation, contact birth injury attorney Ryan Springer today.
Birth Injury Lawsuits & Medical Negligence
When an infant suffers a birth injury, the child’s parents may be able to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against the doctor or medical professional(s) who delivered the baby. To have a valid claim, negligence must have led directly to the birth injury. Medical negligence occurs when a healthcare professional’s performance falls below the standard of care expected in the medical community.
Birth injuries that are caused by medical negligence may arise from:
Improper Forceps Use: When a mother is having difficulty delivering her child or if the infant is improperly positioned in the womb, the attending physician may use forceps to help the child along. Use of forceps can reduce the child’s risk of oxygen deprivation and fetal distress, conditions that have been linked to cerebral palsy and other birth injuries. Improper use, however, can cause nerve damage in the child’s neck and chest, and other less severe injuries to the head.
Improper Vacuum Use: When an infant has difficulty escaping the birth canal, a vacuum may be needed to assist the baby. Vacuums can be suctioned to a baby’s shoulder or skull to guide the child through the birth canal. Doctors and nurses are responsible for properly placing the vacuum on the infant. When the vacuum is improperly used, severe injuries to both the mother and newborn can result.
Delay in Ordering a Caesarian Section: Emergency C-sections may be ordered if the child is suffering from fetal distress. This often occurs when the child’s heart rate slows as a result of a sudden drop in the mother’s blood pressure, bleeding from placental abruption or other problems in delivery. Uterine rupture, cord prolapse, slowed labor, and placenta previa (placenta covering the cervix) may also require an immediate C-section. If the delivery team fails to recognize these problems or delays in ordering a C-section, they may be liable for any resulting injuries.
Hypoxia: Hypoxia occurs when the child’s brain is not receiving enough oxygen. During child birth, a tangled umbilical cord, infection or damage to the placenta can result in hypoxia. Medical practitioners are trained to detect hypoxia in advance and to take steps to eliminate the risk of further harm. If the doctor fails to notice the hypoxic event and take quick action to avoid injury, they may be liable for any resulting damages. If hypoxia is not quickly addressed, the child can develop serious mental and physical disabilities.
If there has been a birth injury in your family, contact Utah malpractice attorney Ryan Springer for a free consultation and evaluation of your claim.