Giving birth should be a wonderful and transformative experience for the mother and child. The vast majority of births are free of complications and are relatively simple procedures. However, sometimes, complications can arise that threaten the well-being of the mother or the child. If these complications are not recognized by doctors or not dealt with adequately, it could lead to complications for the child.
If your child suffered birth injuries during labor, it may have affected them temporarily, or it may have led to permanent physical or mental disabilities that could affect them for the rest of their lives. If these birth injuries could have been prevented, you will likely want to get justice by taking legal action. The following are some of the most common causes of birth injuries that you should be aware of.
Babies can be deprived of oxygen in labor for many reasons. Sometimes, the umbilical cord can become wrapped around the baby’s neck and can limit their oxygen supply. Oxygen supply can also drop if the labor does not progress quickly enough. Nurses and doctors should be constantly monitoring the baby’s oxygen levels so that they are prepared to take action if they unexpectedly drop. If swift action is not taken to do this, brain damage can occur as a result.
Other forms of brain damage
Brain damage does not always occur due to oxygen deprivation. It can also occur as a result of a doctor using forceps or a vacuum incorrectly during the delivery.
When can legal action be taken?
You may be able to successfully gain compensation for the pain and suffering caused to you and your child by taking legal action. You will have the best chance of gaining compensation if you can show that your child suffered birth injuries as a direct result of a medical professional’s negligent actions. For example, if medical professionals did not notice that your child’s oxygen levels had dropped and did not take the appropriate action as a result, this would count as negligence.
If you and your child are suffering as a result of a birth injury due to negligence, make sure to take action so that you can get justice.