Is the doctor or hospital accountable for my child's birth injury?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of children born in the United States each year is just shy of 4 million. While the vast majority of these infants are delivered safely, approximately 28,000 sustain birth injuries.

infantNot all birth injuries can be avoided, but many are preventable and the result of negligence on the part of a doctor, nurse, anesthesiologist, hospital, or other medical provider or facility.

When a doctor or another health care worker causes a birth injury, filing a medical malpractice birth injury lawsuit can help hold the responsible party accountable. In some cases, negligent medical professionals and the health care facilities that employee them or grant them privileges may share in liability.

Nurses, doctors and other medical staff tasked with caring for the mother and child during pregnancy, labor and delivery may potentially be held liable for birth injuries caused by:

  • Use of excessive force
  • Incorrect use of forceps and vacuum extractors
  • Administration of dangerous medications
  • Administration of incorrect medication dosages
  • Lack of oxygen
  • Failing to recognize and address fetal distress
  • Delayed cesarean section procedure

A hospital or other health care facility may share liability for birth injuries if it failed to confirm a medical professional's training and credentials before hiring him or granting him privileges to practice at the facility. A facility could also be liable if it failed to ensure that a sufficient number of doctors and other health care providers are present to ensure the best patient care.

Consult an Experienced Birth Injury Lawyer

If your loved one suffered an injury while giving birth or during delivery, he or she may be entitled to compensation from negligent medical providers, as well as the facility where they work. Contact the knowledgeable birth injury lawyers with the Accident and Injury Group today to schedule an appointment for a free initial case consultation.

 

Pellegrino Certa
Pittsburgh Personal Injury and Car Accident Attorney