Medical Malpractice Often The Cause of Birth Injuries

Medical Malpractice Often The Cause of Birth Injuries

When medical professionals fail to follow the proper standard of care, and harm occurs, they may be found responsible for medical malpractice and liable to pay damages. A jury in a recent birth injury case evaluated the actions of an obstetrician during the delivery of a child, and determined that the doctor's failure to act promptly when the child exhibited signs of fetal distress constituted medical malpractice. The jury awarded the family more that $20M in damages.

If you have questions about medical malpractice, or believe that you or a loved one suffered harm as the result of negligent medical care, consulting with an experienced San Diego medical malpractice lawyer is important to begin an investigation into all of the factors surrounding a particular incident.

In this instance, expert testimony was offered at trial that the baby's low oxygen levels warranted an immediate C-section. Where the breach of the standard of care warranted by the profession – i.e. the failure to act as other obstetricians would in a similar circumstance – leads to harm, the medical professional may be found negligent and guilty of medical malpractice.

Medical malpractice can arise in any number of situations including birth injuries, emergency room errors, anesthesia errors and the occurrence of "never events," such as wrong site surgeries or the leaving of foreign objects inside a patient following surgery.

For more information concerning birth injuries, or if you believe that you or anyone you love has suffered harm as the result of medical malpractice, please do not hesitate to contact the top San Diego personal injury lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.

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