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Woman alleges poor prenatal care led to child’s birth injury

Most in Providence would probably assume that cases involving a birth injury would be limited to actions or inactions that occurred during the actual birthing process. Yet many view the probability of a successful delivery as having a direct correlation to the quality of prenatal care that an expectant mother received from her obstetrician. If a woman felt as her doctor was guilty of errors, misjudgments, or simple negligence during the prenatal period, she may draw the conclusion that such issues contributed to circumstances which endangered the health and safety of both she and her baby during delivery.

That’s exactly the claim that an Illinois woman is making after her newborn daughter allegedly suffered a severe shoulder injury during the delivery process. The woman claims that the child’s large size, coupled with her own significant weight gain during her pregnancy contributed the baby becoming stuck in the birth canal. As a result of this complication, her doctor had to use excessive force to complete the delivery. She now believes that had the same doctor taken the time to offer dietary counseling during her pregnancy as well as attempted to discover the baby’s weight via ultrasound, the problems associated with her delivery could have been avoided. 

Patients are always encouraged to be active participants in their own care. Yet without the proper instructions coming from their healthcare providers, can they be expected to know what steps can be taken to help to mitigate health risks? Those patients who feel as though their providers failed in this regard may choose to pursue compensation for their resultant pain and suffering. The assistance of a personal injury attorney may be a great asset to have during this process.

Source: Madison County Record “Woman claims child suffered shoulder injury during birth” Oct. 08, 2014 

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