Birth injuries can happen in several ways making it difficult to identify whether natural or human causes are to blame. When people allege negligence caused harm to their child, it will take time and investigation to assess the validity of the case.
When people understand what constitutes a birth injury and when it is appropriate to assign blame, they may have a more effective chance of getting compensation.
Understanding birth injuries
Certain aspects of pregnancy could put some women and infants at a much higher risk of a birth injury. According to Stanford Medicine, injuries at birth not the result of human error may include the following:
- Maternal obesity
- Prolonged labor
- Cephalopelvic disproportion
When doctors recognize any one of these problems, they should proactively plan for the unexpected. Health care teams and the expectant mother should work together to identify a safe and comfortable birthing plan.
Identifying negligent behavior
Human error, negligence and reckless behavior can also cause harm to an infant during birth. According to an article in the National Library of Medicine, birth injuries can happen when doctors fail to provide proper care during birth. These injuries could cause permanent disabilities and lifelong difficulties.
Human errors may include failure in monitoring, leaving an infant in the birth canal for a prolonged time, a botched C-section, prescription errors and improper use of a vacuum or forceps. Many birth injuries have serious side effects that can completely alter an infant’s quality of life. Families who experience trauma at birth deserve compensation for the emotional turmoil they endure. With the right support and a proper investigation, they might have the chance to acquire a satisfactory outcome.