Even in the twenty-first century, medical malpractice and negligence affecting both the mother and/or child during pregnancy and childbirth is still a problem.
Was The Physician Negligent?
Medical malpractice is always based on negligence. The patient can only win a medical malpractice lawsuit if he or she proves that the physician was negligent (i.e., the doctor did not act reasonably or with the skill and care that a reasonably qualified doctor would have demonstrated under similar circumstances.).
It is important to note that pregnancy is complex and that, just because a pregnancy and/or delivery did not go as expected does not automatically mean that the obstetrician has committed malpractice.
Medical Problems During Pregnancy & Childbirth
Some of the leading types of medical malpractice during pregnancy and childbirth are due to the following medical problems:
- Excessive and unexplained vaginal bleeding
- Placental abnormalities (placenta previa or placental abruption)
- Mother’s gestational diabetes
- Excessively long labor that causes injury to the mother and the baby
- Hemorrhage of the mother during pregnancy or labor
- Surgical negligence during a Caesarian section
- Negligence in administering anesthesia during labor or a Caesarian section
- Premature babies
- Shoulder dystocia or other nerve injury of the baby during labor
Contact An Attorney
If you believe that you or your baby are a victim of the negligent malpractice of a doctor or hospital staff, don’t hesitate to speak with one of our experienced attorneys to see what you should do next.