Negligence During Labor and Delivery Alleged In Birth Injury Lawsuit

Negligence During Labor and Delivery Alleged In Birth Injury Lawsuit

Birth injuries arising from medical malpractice may occur in several ways. Your child may be harmed as the result of a doctor's failure to provide adequate prenatal care. Or, complications may arise during labor and delivery and a physician, nurse or other medical staff may not respond quickly enough to provide the care needed. Other times, a medical professional can take certain actions that may reduce the severity of an injury that occurs at birth. In all of these situations, when physicians (or other health care professionals) fail to act with the requisite standard of care they may be held responsible for medical malpractice and required to pay damages.

If you have questions about medical malpractice, or believe that you or a loved one suffered harm due to a health care provider's negligence, it is important to consult with an experienced San Diego medical malpractice lawyer immediately to determine your next steps. A knowledgeable medical negligence attorney can begin an investigation into all of the factors surrounding an incident and help you recover the compensation you deserve.

A recent birth injury lawsuit involves the actions of an obstetrician both during prenatal visits and in the labor and delivery process. According to the medical malpractice claim, the doctor failed to properly assess the risks involved with the mother's rapid weight gain, failed to perform a prenatal ultrasound to determine the size of the baby, and given the known risks of delivering a large baby, adequately counsel the family concerning the benefit of delivering via C-section. Having a large baby is one of the leading risk factors causing shoulder dystocia and potentially leading to brachial plexus injuries. Further, when complications did arise and the baby became struck in the birth canal, the obstetrician allegedly used excessive force on the baby's head and neck, leading to a severe and permanent shoulder injury.

The family is now seeking medical costs and other damages in a medical malpractice trial based on the doctor's alleged negligent conduct.

For more information or if you believe you or a loved one was harmed by improper or inadequate medical care, please contact the top San Diego medical malpractice lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.

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