Preparing for the birth of a baby is an exciting and busy time. Expectant mothers rely on their obstetrician, or OB/GYN, to provide a high standard of care during pregnancy (the prenatal period), childbirth, and the postnatal period. Many obstetricians and other medical professionals are diligent and meticulous in their work; however, due to various forms of oversight and negligence, mistakes happen. Unfortunately, obstetrical errors can cause infants and mothers to suffer serious injury, illness, or even death.
Complications and emergencies are a parents' worst nightmare when it comes to pregnancy and childbirth. Many complications may be prevented with appropriate screening methods and accurate, timely diagnosis.
Consequences of OB/GYN Mistakes
Some common types of complications that obstetricians are responsible for detecting and diagnosing include the following:
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Placental abruption
- Fetal distress
- Uterine rupture
- Prolapsed cord
- Obstetrical hemorrhage
- Puerperal sepsis
When an obstetrician fails to properly diagnose a condition or makes a mistake, the following birth injuries may affect the life of a baby:
- Facial paralysis/Bell's Palsy
- Brain damage
- Cerebral Palsy
- Erb's Palsy/Brachial Plexus Injury
- Shoulder dystocia
- Forcep bruising and injury
A birth injury or birth defect may not only be physically painful, but also emotionally distressing and financially burdensome. Many birth injuries require months, years, if not a lifetime, of medical care, treatment, and rehabilitation. A family's way of life can be forever changed because of a birth injury. A child's future physical and cognitive development, education, and ability to care for himself physically and emotionally can be compromised.
Legal Strength when the Unimaginable Happens
After a birth injury or other incident of medical malpractice, it is common for parents to have many questions about what happened and why in addition to wondering who, if anyone, is responsible and what the family's legal rights are. Often parents will be battling with mixed emotions, such as anger, fear, confusion, and frustration. However, there is help available for parents whose baby has suffered a birth injury.
At Marasco & Nesselbush, our Rhode Island birth injury lawyers and obstetrical negligence attorneys cannot undo what has happened, but we can assist you and your family in recovering emotionally and financially by obtaining justice. As Rhode Island's trusted medical malpractice law firm, we treat our clients with the compassion, understanding, and the respect they deserve. Medical malpractice litigation can be successful when the proper resources, experts, and skills are combined to develop an effective strategy to hold negligent parties legally accountable. To find out more about your legal rights and options, call our firm today at (401) 274-7400 or complete a contact form for a free consultation.
Recent Obstetrician Negligence Case Results
- $850,000 settlement - For the death of an unborn child due to a physician’s failure to diagnose and treat the mother’s pre-eclampsia
- Confidential settlement - Negligently performed episiotomy results in confidential settlement in Federal District Court against hospital and surgeon
- Confidential settlement - Surgical negligence in performing hysterectomy results in confidential settlement just prior to trial against obstetrician
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