A pregnant woman going into labor is a natural process. Still, it puts both the woman and her baby under a tremendous amount of stress, creating a dangerous risk of serious, lifelong injuries or even death. When there are unexpected complications during labor, injuries for mother and baby may be unavoidable. However, some situations that cause injuries are preventable and occur due to a medical professional's negligence. When that happens, it's often because doctors or nurses did not provide the appropriate and timely care needed.
The medical professionals who care for a woman in labor must act with the highest standard of care and not make mistakes. Even one act of negligence can have devastating consequences. When labor is mismanaged, it puts both mom and baby at risk. If one of them is injured as a result of the mismanagement, the responsible medical professionals may be held responsible in a birth injury lawsuit.
Some of the problems associated with the last stage of labor include bleeding, prolonged labor, retention of the placenta, and abnormal perineal tearing. Any one of those complications can be a matter of life and death for the mother and baby when they are not correctly identified and promptly treated.
In normal progressions of labor, the cervix dilates and thins, and the baby descends the birth canal. If any of those progression indicators are stalled or delayed, medical providers need to determine whether it is a case of arrested or prolonged labor. Failure to manage labor properly can result in severe complications, including cerebral palsy or death caused by medical negligence.
Mismanagement of labor can lead to prolonged or arrested labor. Symptoms of mismanaged labor that leads to abnormal delivery processes include:
Numerous complications can happen during pregnancy, labor, and delivery. There are always risks. However, doctors and other medical professionals should be able to recognize these issues and treat them appropriately. If labor is allowed to progress for too long, the baby and the mother may suffer serious health risks.
Some of the potential risks to the baby include:
Birth injuries resulting from mismanaged labor can have lifelong effects on a child. In some cases, children suffering these types of birth injuries may need specialized treatments depending on the severity of their injuries.
Fortunately, many treatment options are available to help families with injured children. Mobility aids, assistive devices, medications, surgeries, and several different types of therapy can help these children become as independent as possible and have a higher quality of life. But unfortunately, those treatment options can be very expensive.
Parents and caregivers are likely to feel financial strain due to treatment expenses and loss of income when providing long-term care for their children. If it is determined that mismanaged labor caused the injuries, a birth injury lawsuit may be able to help ease the financial burden.
If you believe that a medical professional mismanaged your labor and that caused injuries to you or your baby, you may have a valid birth injury claim. Birth injury medical malpractice cases are essential in preventing cases like these from happening to other families. They also help ensure high standards of care in the medical community are maintained.
Working with an experienced medical malpractice lawyer, like one at Ross Feller Casey, can help your family hold doctors who delivered your baby liable for their mismanagement and help you receive financial compensation for mounting medical expenses.
At Ross Feller Casey, our team includes on-staff medical doctors who can review medical records and determine where mismanagement occurred. We have an unmatched winning track record with these types of cases for families just like yours. Let us assess your case free of charge. We don't get paid until we settle or win your case.
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