Expecting a new child is both one of the happiest and one of the most stressful times in our lives. There are preparations at home, constant communication with family members and friends who share in your anticipation. In addition, it's also one of the times when we are most fully under the care of your doctor. During pregnancy, a woman is scheduled for appointments with her obstetrician every month at first, then every two weeks, and then weekly until the baby is born. This allows the mother and baby the opportunity for the best possible health care, but it also exposes them to a greater risk of medical malpractice.

Causes of Birth Injury

During the birth process, the obstetrician and nurses will seek to control every variable to make sure your baby is born healthy. Modern technology allows a high degree of intervention and encourages this kind of control, which is stressful for mother, father, and child. The degree of control also puts high stress on the doctor and nurses, who sometimes lose track of an important variable that can turn a healthy baby and mother into serious injuries for one or both of them.

Some of the more common mistakes made by doctors and nurses during pregnancy and birth include:

  • Prescribing dangerous or inappropriate medication for the mother during pregnancy or nursing
  • Misdiagnosis or late diagnosis of threats to the mother's or baby's health, including:
    • Ectopic pregnancy
    • Abruptio placenta
    • Eclampsia
    • Prenatal asphyxia
    • Infection or serious viral illness
    • High blood pressure
  • Allowing delivery to take too long can lead to brain damage or cerebral palsy
  • Applying too much pressure to the baby's head, shoulder, or neck during delivery, leading to Erb's palsy or cerebral palsy
  • Failing to closely monitor a baby's health after a traumatic birth

Any of the above can lead to paralysis, severe injuries or even the wrongful death of the mother and child. Please see our Birth Injury Questions page for more information. 

If you or a loved one has had the joyful birth of a child transformed into tragedy as a result of the negligence of your doctors and/or nurses, contact Long & Long today by calling (877) 336-0776 to arrange your free, no-obligation consultation.