Injuries Sustained During Birth
The long-term effects of a birth injury are a tragic thing for a family to discover, and these injuries can be the outcome of medical malpractice. If you believe your child was harmed because of negligence during labor and delivery, our experienced birth injury attorney in Newburgh is ready to be an advocate for your family during this difficult time. For a free consultation, please call Charles N. Rock, PLLC, at 845-566-9200.
Common Causes of Birth Injuries
If a doctor, nurse or other medical worker is careless at any point in your prenatal care or during labor and delivery, then that carelessness can be the cause of a serious and lifelong injury. Determining whether the healthcare worker was negligent in his or her duties, or whether a mistake or undesirable outcome arose as part of standard healthcare requires the skill of an experienced injury lawyer. Charles Rock is experienced with these types of claims, and he can investigate the details of your child’s birth injury to determine if negligence was the cause.
Expectant mothers have every right to expect that they will receive careful, professional medical attention and supervision during the childbirth process. Unfortunately, some obstetricians and other medical staff fail to live up to their responsibilities.
Understanding the Importance of Watching Fetal Vital Signs
Fetal monitoring has become a standard part of the delivery process and is done by attaching an electrode to the fetus’s scalp. This allows medical staff to keep track of the heartbeat and other vital signs so they can respond to indications of potential complications.
When obstetricians and their nurses do not recognize and respond to irregular tracings on fetal monitoring devices, they may lose the opportunity to prevent serious birth injuries.
Labor and Delivery Negligence
Mothers assume that when they go to the hospital to deliver their baby, they will receive careful, professional medical attention and close supervision during the childbirth process. Unfortunately, this is not always the case as obstetricians and other medical staff are capable of negligence that results in injuries to mothers and babies.
Labor and Delivery Medication Errors
The use of medication to induce labor can save both mothers’ and children’s lives, but these drugs must also be used responsibly, in correct dosages, in order to avoid potential complications during childbirth that can cause serious, long-term harm, including death.
Understanding the Consequences of Overmedication
Two drugs often used to induce or hasten labor are misoprostol (marketed as Cytotec) and Pitocin. While the use of these drugs is appropriate under the right conditions, they also pose risks that must be carefully controlled for.
Both mothers and newborns can suffer serious harm when Cytotec, Pitocin and other labor-inducing medications are overused or used unnecessarily.
These drugs can prevent the mother’s uterus from contracting after delivery. This may make it necessary for the doctor to perform a hysterectomy, and the associated hemorrhaging can in some cases even be fatal.
Sometimes, children can be born with elevated levels of a waste product called bilirubin. This condition, known as hyperbilirubinemia or neonatal jaundice, can in some cases result in kernicterus, a serious brain injury that can have permanent consequences when not treated appropriately.
The mother’s blood crossing over the barrier of the placenta is a normal part of pregnancy, labor and delivery. Unfortunately, not all mothers have an Rh that is compatible with their baby, something that can lead to serious complications when not caught quickly and properly treated.
The Law Offices of Charles N. Rock represents children and mothers who have been injured as a result of medical malpractice. To schedule a free consultation with our birth injury attorney Charles Rock in Newburgh, New Paltz, Kingston, Middletown, New Windsor, Poughkeepsie or surrounding New York areas, contact us today. You will not pay a fee unless we help you recover compensation.
Seeking Full Compensation for Birth Injuries
There are a number of ways in which doctors and other medical professionals can be negligent during labor and delivery, including improper monitoring and medication errors. One of the most common forms of labor and delivery negligence is a failure to take the appropriate action when serious situations arise such as a prolonged delivery, oxygen deprivation or low fetal heart rate. In those situations, maneuvers or procedures must be performed in order to rectify the situation and facilitate a safe delivery. In many cases, the timing for ordering a cesarean section procedure can mean the difference between a healthy baby and a baby suffering from a devastating birth injury.
Unfortunately, many of the incidents in these injury claims could have been avoided if the attending doctor or other medical staff had followed a professional standard of care. If negligence or medical malpractice played a role in the harm done to your child, then you deserve and need compensation so you can provide your child with the necessary care he or she may need throughout his or her lifetime.
If you think your child may have been injured at birth because of medical negligence or malpractice, please contact Charles N. Rock, PLLC, for a free consultation. Our experienced birth injury attorney in Newburgh may be able to help you pursue compensation for your child’s injuries.