8 Childbirth Injuries That May Qualify as Medical Malpractice

A number of injuries to newborn children can be caused by medical malpractice, including brain injuries (such as cerebral palsy and seizure disorders), fractured bones, and Erb's and Klumpke’s palsy (damage to nerves that control the arms and hands). However, it is important to keep in mind that these injuries are often caused by something other than medical malpractice. So how does it qualify as a Medical Malpractice case?

The Connecticut Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Carter Mario Law Firm can help you better understand your potential Medical Malpractice case based on your specific situation. A physician’s or obstetrician’s negligence can happen during childbirth, or before the birth takes place.

If negligent medical treatment is provided during the pregnancy, it could harm the fetus, the mother, or both. Some examples of negligent prenatal care include the physician or obstetrician’s failure to…

  • Diagnose a medical condition of the mother, such as preeclampsia, Rh incompatibility, hypoglycemia, anemia, or gestational diabetes
  • Identify birth defects
  • Identify ectopic pregnancies, or
  • Diagnose a disease that could be contagious to the mother’s fetus (such as genital herpes or neonatal lupus).

A doctor’s negligence during childbirth could cause injury to the baby, the mother, or both. Common medical errors during childbirth include the physician or obstetrician’s failure to…

  • Anticipate birth complications due to the baby’s large size or because the umbilical cord got tangled
  • Respond to signs of fetal distress
  • Order a cesarean section when one was appropriate, or
  • Incompetent use of forceps or a vacuum extractor.

The Connecticut Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Carter Mario Law Firm believe that doctors and medical staff have a responsibility to protect the well-being of patients. Failure to do so could be considered negligent, and anyone who has suffered because of such a mistake is encouraged by the firm to explore their legal rights.