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A birth injury does not always lead to lawsuit

Childbirth can be a life-changing experience. Unfortunately for some, the birth process leads to a birth injury for their beloved newborn. For interested new mothers in Rhode Island, a recent news story tells why some mothers do not sue doctors who make them victims of malpractice, and it reviews the reasons why lawsuits can help physicians remain accountable for their negligent actions.

Not all injuries that happen during birth are caused by negligence or medical error, but in many situations, that is the case. Medical error is a rising cause of death in this country, and reports indicate that it may even be the third leading cause of death. Because licensing boards do not make doctors accountable for errors, and good faith efforts on the part of the patient often do not bear results, tort law can be an important tool for a single individual to go up against large organizations. 

Advocates say that increased attention to patients and procedures will reduce medical errors. The quality of communication between physicians and their patients is important also. But if an injury occurs, sometimes the best option for addressing permanent damage is tort law. 

A birth injury can leave lasting effects that call for a lifetime of medical care. Women and their children have the right to an accepted standard level of treatment and should not have their rights violated during the birth process. An individual who has been a victim of a birth injury in Rhode Island may wish to contact a lawyer to explore their options for compensation of their damages. 

Source:, "Why new mothers usually don't sue doctors who violate their rights", Lauren Hall, Accessed on Aug. 23, 2017

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