For expectant parents in Providence, the upcoming delivery of their baby is one of the most exciting times of their lives. Typically, stress is not something greatly associated with these occasions as most people usually believe that they are in good medical hands with their doctors, nurses, and other clinical staff. There are times, however, when the reliance on one’s critical teams fails, and something happens to the baby during delivery. At this stage of development, the tiniest things can cause serious problems with a baby, if a birth injury happens, and negligence can be proven on the part of the provider, than the parents and family may be entitled to compensation.
Unfortunately birth injuries in Providence are not uncommon. Babies have delicate body systems, so even one wrong move by neonatal doctors and nurses can lead an infant on a lifelong course of sickness or disability. For a parent, it is distressing to see your child placed in harm’s way by the same individuals who are supposed to care for them. However, it is almost equally as upsetting to face a load of medical bills due to an error that could have been avoided.
An infant who is injured during the birth process in Providence often faces a number of challenges including brain damage, physical impairment, and additional medical care. Mistakes such as the dropping of newborns, administering the wrong medication or amount of medication, and doctor errors can prevent the child from enjoying the same abilities and experiences as other children and be a heartbreaking event for parents.
Pregnancy can be a scary time. Expectant mothers are warned to stay away from certain foods, household chemicals and any number of additional hazards in order to keep themselves and their babies safe. However, some pregnancy dangers are not preventable.
Renowned medical physician Dr. Bruce Fagel recently spoke at the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel about the connection between children's developmental disabilities and medical malpractice. He explained that while natural causes are often responsible for developmental delays in children, some cases of developmental disability can be traced back to medical negligence by a doctor, nurse, or the hospital itself.
Many women who are forced to undergo a C-section rather than a vaginal birth due to complications during delivery may hope that the procedure will not affect their ability to have a 'natural' (vaginal) birth for a subsequent child. But, a new study questions whether a VBAC procedure, or Vaginal Birth After Cesarean, may pose a greater risk of birth injuries and even death for newborns and mothers.
Treating a misdiagnosed ectopic pregnancy with methotrexate may cause a miscarriage or result in deformities upon birth in an otherwise normal pregnancy according to a study performed by Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS). While the study group was quite small, investigators believe the results strongly indicate the need to improve tools for the accurate diagnosis of an ectopic pregnancy.
From 2002-2009, 34 percent of expectant mothers delivered via Caesarean section (C-section), up from approximately 1 in 4 births in prior years to 1 in 3. This is far above the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended target rate for C-sections of 15 percent.
Two military hospital births in 2002 and 2005 were anything but routine, leaving one child dead and another permanently disabled with cerebral palsy.