Despite the incredible number of successful births in modern-day hospitals, hundreds of mothers and newborns continue to suffer painful, severe or life-long injuries during the delivery process. These may include birth injuries, wrongful birth and wrongful pregnancy.
What Are Birth Injuries?
On-duty nurses, doctors and medical staff all need to take specific steps to ensure a successful delivery, but they are rarely afforded the luxury of tending to only one patient at a time. Sometimes a doctor’s medical malpractice can result in an injury to either the mother or baby prior to or during the delivery process. The most common types of delivery injuries stem from a doctor’s failure to correctly monitor the infant’s oxygen levels or neglecting to control massive blood loss after the delivery. Birth injuries can be extensive including brain damage, spinal cord injuries and wrongful death.
Wrongful birth occurs when a child is born with birth defects that should have been confirmed by medical tests prior to the delivery. Doctor’s are expected to perform a number of screenings on growing fetuses that can detect genetic deformities, physical impairments or mental illnesses. Parents may have elected to terminate the pregnancy had they been aware of the child’s condition before birth.
Wrongful pregnancy happens when parents become pregnant while attempting to avoid pregnancy through birth control, abortion, sterilization or other measures under a doctor’s care.
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The damage of these types of injuries are often severe, pervasive and life-altering. The compassionate and experienced attorneys at Andres & Berger can help you determine whether you are entitled to seek out compensation in court. Fill out our contact form here, and we will reach out to you as soon as possible.
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