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When Medical Mistakes Happen During Childbirth

One of the most common types of medical malpractice happens during labor and delivery. Even with the latest technology and support, errors can and do happen. These problems could have been avoided and thus are considered medical negligence. If you or a family member has suffered due to a mistake made by a doctor or member of the medical staff, it is possible to recover damages.

Medical Errors
While medical errors are not common, they do occur from time to time. Unfortunately, mistakes made during the delivery process can have a devastating and lasting effect on the child and his or her family. When childbirth complications are mishandled the result may be a child who is diagnosed with cerebral palsy or other type of brain injury. A prolonged labor or one where the proper procedures were not followed could create a risky situation. Physicians and other medical professionals must take the proper steps to ensure that the birth was attended to correctly. If you feel as though the birth was not handled correctly, you may be right. It is certainly worth further investigation.

Possible Signs of Medical Errors
Sometimes an event may take place during the birthing process that signals a possible error has occurred or is more likely to happen. Some of these include:

· Excessive bleeding or pain
· Absence of the use of a fetal heart monitor
· Abnormal pain or bleeding that has not been addressed
· Low or atypical heat rate of fetus
· Use of oxygen or forceps without consent and explanation of risks
· Lack of fetal movement that is not quickly addressed
· Pediatric team not ready or available at time of birth
· Inappropriate use of anesthetic or oxygen

It may be difficult to remember all the steps that were or were not taken while in labor. For this reason it is helpful to have your partner available to take notes and ensure that the nurse or doctor is contacted immediately if a problem arises.

Diagnosis of Birth Injuries
Sometimes children cannot be properly diagnosed with a brain injury until they begin to develop. There are many varying degrees of brain injuries that could become known as the child grows. Only after a complete diagnosis can the cause of the problem be determined. Many times, the diagnosis and cause are not found out immediately. Childbirth injuries are devastating and take an emotional toll on the entire family. In addition to being a very traumatic situation, it is also puts the parents in a difficult financial situation. Treatments and care costs can be expensive and may need to continue well into the future. Parents need to seek compensation for these costs.

Experienced Medical Malpractice Attorney
Childbirth injuries create complex medical and legal conditions that require attention. The dedicated legal team at Levin & Perconti provides the expertise and experience necessary in these types of complex cases. We understand that no amount of money or legal action can make the problem go away. However, it is essential to get the compensation you deserve and make sure that the problem won’t happen to others in the future. If you feel you may be the victim of medical malpractice contact Levin & Perconti Attorneys at Law today.

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