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When a doctor’s negligence leads to birth complications

Bringing new life into the world is one of the most exciting — and nerve-wracking — experiences we have in life. While you may be read up on the latest parenting books and practicing the best health routines, you’ll still rely on the expertise of a doctor during this important time.

But, if a health care provider is negligent during your pregnancy, complications are likely to ensue. If you or your child are suffering from complications, you may be entitled to a medical malpractice claim.

Medication errors

It’s extremely important that a health care provider — be it a nurse, doctor, psychologist, pharmacist or physician — is diligent and careful to provide you with the correct instruction, amount or type of prescription they give you during your pregnancy.

In some cases, such as the Thalidomide scandal, health care providers may not be aware of adverse effects a drug could cause on a pregnant mother or child. However, health care providers may not prescribe medication to pregnant patients that is not FDA approved for use by pregnant women.

Failure to follow up

Whether or not you receive medication, treatment, a medical procedure or instruction after consulting with a doctor about your pregnancy, you should receive a follow-up. If a health care provider fails to do this and complications result, they may be held responsible for causing or allowing birth complications by way of negligence.

Delivery error

Delaying or neglected to advise a C-section could result in oxygen deprivation and life-long brain damage or death. If your health care provider failed to properly monitor the baby for this or hurt your child while delivering him or her, it’s important to speak to an attorney as soon as possible.

Premature discharge from hospital

Infants who enter the intensive care unit (ICU) should only be discharged from the hospital once they are strong enough. If a health care provider did not assess whether the baby could ride in a car seat home safely and the child dies or suffers other complications during the trip home as a result, the decision to discharge the infant from the hospital may not have been assessed properly.

These are just a few examples of how easily a health care provider’s negligence could result in severe birth complications. If you or your newborn are suffering complications, talk to an attorney about your situation. A skilled attorney may help you put all of the pieces together to understand if you have been through a case of medical malpractices and how to seek justice.

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