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Common Types Of Medical Malpractice Committed During Birth

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Your child has finally arrived into this world, and while you are so happy to have a baby, the birth process did not exactly go as planned. You may fear that something that a doctor did or did not do affected your own health or the health of your child. If this is the case, you could have a medical malpractice case on your hands. While there are many types of malpractice that can be committed during birth, here are a few of the most common claims.

Failure to control maternal blood loss

If you lost a lot of blood after birth, and you believe it is because the doctor did not attend to your needs and control that blood loss, you could have a medical malpractice case. This sometimes occurs when the birth room is understaffed, which could definitely qualify as negligence on the part of the doctor or hospital.

Failure to monitor infant oxygen levels

One of the prime concerns just after birth should be ensuring that the baby gets enough oxygen. If your doctor fails to monitor infant oxygen and your infant suffers from brain damage or another injury because of this, you may have a malpractice case.

Premature delivery

If you were having trouble with your pregnancy and your doctor chose to deliver the baby prematurely, you should carefully look into the standard protocols related to the medical troubles you were experiencing. If you or the baby suffered due to the premature delivery, the doctor may not have made the most accepted choice by having you deliver early — and if that is the case, you may have a malpractice case.

Failure to diagnose material issues

There are certain common problems that doctors are expected to test for when you are pregnant. Material diabetes and high blood pressure are some of them. If your doctor did not test for these conditions, and one of them ended up affecting your birth experience, you may be able to sue.

Failure to follow a birth plan

If you had a specific birth plan that you presented to your doctor, and they violated that birth plan, you might be able to sue for emotional damage. This can be a complicated case, because you will be required to demonstrate that you were, indeed, emotionally damaged, but with the right medical malpractice attorney on your side, it is a case that you can make.

For more information, reach out to a medical negligence attorney in your area.