While we often think of birth injuries as injuries during the birthing process, they can also occur after the birth, when mothers and newborn babies are particularly vulnerable. If you, your infant or another loved one was injured by postpartum medical negligence, turn to the experienced birth injury lawyers at DeLuca & Weizenbaum.
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and discuss your options for recovery. With law offices in Providence, we represent clients throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
Medical Negligence After Birth
There are many steps that medical professionals must take after a birth to ensure the safety and health of both the mother and infant. Failure to take proper care of the mother or child may be grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit. Common instances of postpartum medical negligence include:
- Administering the wrong medicine or wrong dose of medicine
- Failing to treat jaundice appropriately
- Failing to recognize newborn distress or distress in the mother
- Improperly transferring an infant away from, or failing to transfer an infant to, neonatal intensive care (or a mother to intensive care)
- Anesthesia errors after birth
- Failing to recognize and treat a maternal infection, pulmonary embolism, postpartum hemorrhage, maternal bleeding or a bowel obstruction
Proving Postpartum Malpractice
Like any birth injury, there are certain things you need to prove in order to recover compensation for medical malpractice. For example, you must be able to show that the doctor or other medical professional failed to follow the established standard of care for his or her profession. In other words, did the doctor act inappropriately/contrary to what he or she should have done?
You must also be able to show that your injury would not have occurred but for your doctor's actions or inactions. If you would have experienced the same injury even if you had received better care, you cannot bring a medical malpractice lawsuit for postpartum negligence.
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If you believe you are the victim of postpartum medical malpractice, or if you are unsure but would like to discuss your case with an experienced attorney, contact us for a free consultation. If we decide to work together, you will not pay us attorney's fees until and unless we recover compensation for you.
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