The health of a baby is largely dependent on the quality of medical care received by the mother and child prior to, during, and after delivery. Sadly, the rate of medical malpractice nationwide continues to increase at a rapid rate and obstetrical mistakes are not uncommon, often resulting in devastating effects for the mother and child.
If you or your child has suffered serious injury or death as a result of obstetrical mistakes, you have the right to pursue legal action against the doctor, nurse, hospital, or other medical professional responsible for your losses. Please contact one of the attorneys at Cline Farrell Christie & Lee today for a FREE consultation to learn more about your legal rights and options.
Common Types of Obstetrical Mistakes
Obstetrical mistakes include any errors, intentional or not, that were made during a pregnancy, delivery, or after childbirth that may cause a mother or child to suffer an injury or defect as a result. Some of the most common types of mistakes include:
- Failure to recognize maternal infections
- Failure to recognize or treat maternal/fetal distress
- Failure to perform a timely cesarean section
- Failure to diagnose or treat jaundice, meningitis, or seizure disorders
- Improper use of delivery tools (vacuum extraction and forceps)
Obstetrical mistakes often result in injury to the baby including brain damage, Erb’s palsy, cerebral palsy, and even death. In some instances, an obstetrical mistake can cause maternal death.
Your Legal Options
Medical malpractice laws protect those who have suffered harm as a result of medical negligence including obstetrical mistakes. If you or a loved one has been injury or killed because of the mistake of a healthcare professional, you may be eligible to file a claim to recover your damages including past and future medical expenses, emotional distress, physical pain and suffering, and more.
It’s important to consult with a qualified and compassionate medical malpractice attorney who can thoroughly evaluate your case, inform you of your legal rights and options, and determine the best course of action for you. Please contact us today for a FREE consultation. We look forward to hearing from you and we welcome the opportunity to serve and assist you.