FATAL MISTAKES THAT CAN LEAD TO WRONGFUL DEATH DURING CHILDBIRTH
The day a baby is born is one of the happiest moments in the lives of parents.
However, despite the advancements in medicine, dozens of newborns and mothers die every year and many of these deaths are due to the failure of healthcare professionals to administer the proper care during labor.
A lost life, be it of the baby or the mother, cannot be recovered, but this does not mean that the aggrieved family members cannot hold the responsible parties accountable.
To help you understand this better, here are some of the common fatal mistakes that happen during labor and from which a wrongful death attorney can build a case.
PERFORMING A CESAREAN TOO LATE IN THE PROCESS
Cutting into the mother’s abdomen may be the easiest way to deliver a baby, but the majority of moms choose to give birth naturally. While it’s the duty of the doctor to respect his or her patient’s wishes, the primary consideration should always be the safety of the mother and the baby.
During labor, doctors are expected to make a good judgment whether to proceed with the momâ€™s preferred childbirth method or shift to cesarean.
For instance, if the baby is too big or if the mother is having intolerable pain, then a change in the delivery plan is necessary. Ordering a cesarean too late may result to lack in oxygen for the baby and childbirth complications for the mother which can lead to death.
A wrongful death attorney will try to find out if the physician misjudged the situation which led to the untimely death of a mom or her newborn.
FAILING TO RESPOND TO FETAL DISTRESS
Every doctor knows that inside the delivery room, there are two patients â€“ the mother and her soon-to-be-born child. Healthcare providers should care for the needs of both the mother and the baby equally. The best practice in childbirth is to have two different doctors during childbirth â€“ one monitoring the mom and one monitoring the baby.
In cases wherein thereâ€™s only one doctor present in the room, thereâ€™s a possibility that he or she might be too focused on the mother and forget to check on the baby. There should be a dedicated machine to monitor the vital signs of the baby and if there are irregularities, the doctor should respond to these immediately.
If not, then itâ€™s the fault of the attending physician and he or she cannot make the excuse that they overlooked checking on the babyâ€™s vital stats because they were attending to the mother.
Proving that there was indeed negligence on the part of the doctor to ensure both the safety of the baby and the mother simultaneously is what a medical malpractice attorney will try to prove on your behalf.
OTHER EXAMPLES OF WRONGFUL DEATH DURING CHILDBIRTH
Wrongful deaths inside the delivery room can result from other scenarios such as injury to the babyâ€™s brain due to the improper use of forceps and the doctorâ€™s delinquency in addressing excessive bleeding.
If youâ€™re unsure whether your case qualifies for a lawsuit, seeking for the counsel of a wrongful death attorney is the best course you can take.
When you need an experienced attorney who will handle your case himself, ensuring that the legal system treats you and your family fairly, call the
Millea Law Firm.
Their focus is on personal injury and wrongful death. Matt Millea will work directly with you, giving you individual attention and personally preparing your case.
Published on Dec 23, 2013
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