Birth Injuries May Have Been Caused by Medical Negligence
Posted on behalf of Phillips Law Group on Jul 21, 2010 in Medical Malpractice
When a child is born, several things need to go right in order for both the infant and the mother to come out of this process unharmed. While medical professionals are highly skilled in regards to delivering babies, the fact remains that there are births where something goes wrong and the infants can be seriously injured as a result. If your child has suffered such an injury, you need to seek the immediate help of Arizona birth injury lawyers. In the meantime, below are a few common birth mistakes that could give rise to an Arizona medical malpractice lawsuit.
Birth Injuries in Arizona Resulting from Pre-Birth Mistakes
There are several injuries that can be inflicted upon an infant because of mistakes made prior to delivery. For instance, improper medications can be administered that cause an allergic reaction in the mother, doctors can fail to recognize the need for a Cesarean birth before the infant begins to appear and the failure to recognize infections or a fever in the mother can put the child in serious danger. All medical professionals involved in a birth can be liable for the injuries caused to an infant, and all are expected to perform to a reasonable level of competence.
Birth Injuries Resulting from Mistakes Made During Birth
Several different mistakes can also occur while a child is being delivered. Most of these mistakes include the physical manipulation of the infant's body that is supposed to be done so that he or she can pass through the birth canal as quickly and as safely as possible. For instance, doctors can apply too much force when using the forceps while extracting the child, which can lead to brain injuries and damage. In addition, a child can be left in a position in the birth canal for too long that can also lead to brain damage.
Overall, birth injuries can happen, and many times they are the result of negligence by those who are supposed to ensure a safe delivery. If your child has suffered as a result of a problem during birth, contact the Phoenix medical malpractice lawyers at Phillips Law Group today to schedule a free initial consultation.