As an expectant parent, you may field questions from friends, family members and even strangers about whether you are hoping for a boy or a girl. You may report that you have no preference other than having a happy, healthy baby. Unfortunately, for some parents, the birthing process fails to be a smooth one.
Becoming a parent is one of the most exciting times in a person's life. Birth can be joyful, but on rare occasions, complications can arise. Unfortunately, some of these complications can cause injury and aren't caused by the mother or child, but by the medical staff.
During a pregnancy, doctors, medical professionals, and high-tech medical facilities are there for us -- just in case something goes wrong. Indeed, millions of babies lives have been saved -- and also the lives of mothers -- due to the swift and reliable actions of our nation's medical industry.
Pregnancy trauma refers to any kind of accident or injury that might happen to a pregnant, soon-to-be mother. They can include car accidents, homicide, suicide and other types of injurious events. Pregnancy trauma occurs in 5 to 20 percent of all pregnancies. Research suggests that it is the most common cause of maternal death over all other kinds of pregnancy-related problems.
When complications arise during the birth of a baby, the results can be devastating. If you or your baby was injured during the pregnancy or delivery, you may have a medical malpractice claim. Medical malpractice occurs if the injury could have been avoided. Because medical malpractice claims can be both legally and medically complicated, you should consider consulting an attorney before filing one.
It is a nightmare that every pregnant woman in Connecticut has: Your labor is progressing, you begin to push, you are moments away from having your new infant in your arms when suddenly the progress is slowed or stopped completely due to shoulder dystocia. This can lead to additional complications and birth injuries and is often a very scary event for mothers. Though some occurrences of shoulder dystocia cannot be foreseen, there are women who are at greater risk than others. If your OB/GYN does not prepare for these risks, you may become the victim of negligence.
Shoulder dystocia occurs when one or both of a baby’s shoulders get stuck in the mother’s pelvis during the delivery. It is a rare, but frightening injury that can cause serious complications for the mother and for the baby.
If your child was born with some kind of preventable birth injury that was caused by a medical professional’s negligence, you may be looking to file a lawsuit for damages. But figuring out whom to sue or, more importantly, who will pay if you are successful, can be a rather difficult topic. In general, there are three different parities who could be held liable: the hospital, the doctor and the pharmaceutical company.
The majority of babies in Connecticut are born with no surprise defects or birth injury. After all, it is the doctor's responsibility to catch these issues and, if possible, prevent them. Yet, complications during pregnancy or birth could lead to long-term consequences. One such injury is Erb’s palsy.