The birth of a child is a time for celebration. Unfortunately, complications can occur during the delivery process which injure the mother or child. Therefore, a successful delivery must include adequate post-delivery care. Injuries that occur as a result of the failure to provide adequate post-delivery care can be grounds for medical malpractice.
What are the Post-Delivery Concerns?
Even after a successful delivery, there can be numerous complications that put the health of the mother or the child at risk. In particular, mothers may suffer from excessive bleeding and infections. Newborns can be injured in delivery or face traumas after delivery including insufficient oxygen intake. Accepted standards of obstetrical medical treatment include:
- Preventing injuries through proper procedures and diagnoses before and during the delivery process
- Monitoring to detect any injuries that occur during or after the delivery
- Proper treatment for the injuries
What Can My Doctor be Liable For?
In the majority of cases where injuries occurred during and after the delivery procedure, medical practitioners (doctors, nurses, etc.) have been found liable for medical malpractice if the injury occurred, or was aggravated, as a result of:
- Failure to adequately communicate with doctor or patient
- Improper or Failed Diagnosis of Problems or Conditions
- Incorrect Choice of Treatment for an Injury
- Incompetent Treatment of Injury
How is Liability Determined?
There is a large amount of postpartum medical malpractice cases covering a wide range of injuries. As with all medical malpractice, liability is established only with sufficient evidence to prove that the alleged acts occurred and that these acts were below the standards of acceptable medical care for the particular situation.
Do You Need an Attorney Experienced with Medical Malpractice?
If you, or a loved one, have been injured by medical malpractice, you should speak to a birth injury attorney immediately to learn more about the value of your case, who can be held liable, and what types of recoveries are available to you.