When we go to the doctor’s office or the hospital, we assume we will be treated with a certain standard of care. According to the Civil Justice Resource Group, however, at least 25,000 deaths occur each year due to medical malpractice, with that number possibly reaching 120,000 deaths per year.
Brain injury is a major consequence of medical malpractice, particularly in newborn children who are delivered improperly by doctors or nurses. Get all the facts on brain injuries caused by medical malpractice, and learn how you can seek legal action.
Brain and Birth Injuries Caused by Medical Malpractice
Mistakes committed by doctors or nurses in the delivery room can have life-long implications for a newborn child. Common causes of birth injuries caused by negligence include:
- Improper use of forceps
- Improper use of vacuum
- Excessive force during removal
- Perinatal Hypoxia
- Improper administration of medication
- Waiting too long to perform a C-Section
- Failure to recognize fetal distress
- Injuries suffered because of an improperly given epidural
- Inducing labor at the wrong moment or with the wrong amount of medication
These mistakes can lead to oxygen deprivation, which can cause the baby to develop brain injuries and neurological disorders, including cerebral palsy (CP). CP involves a series of disorders that affect the baby’s nervous system and brain, affecting a wide range of physical and developmental abilities.
Suspect a Brain or Birth Injury? Contact Us Today
If you suspect you or your child received an injury caused by medical malpractice, don’t hesitate to recover the compensation you’re entitled to. The short and long-term pain, suffering, and financial costs involved in caring for life-long illnesses or injuries are astronomical, and those responsible should be held accountable.
If you or someone you love has been harmed by medical malpractice, contact Berthold Law Firm, PLLC for a consultation with our team today.