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What Is Birth-Related Medical Malpractice?

January 6, 2014 R

Birth-related medical malpractice refers to a situation in which a doctor, nurse, or member of the medical staff failed to use reasonable care when handling a pregnancy or delivery. Birth-related medical malpractice can cause physical injuries to either the mother or the child.

Birth injuries

Medical malpractice can occur both during delivery and prior to the delivery period. A common example is if a doctor fails to monitor the baby’s oxygen levels either before or during the delivery. Other instances of medical malpractice may include for failing to control the mother’s blood loss after the delivery period, causing injury or death to the mother. If a doctor’s failure resulted in injuries to the infant, then the parents can bring a lawsuit on behalf of the newborn, asking for damages like cost of suffering and loss of enjoyment of life, and compensation for future critical medical costs and therapies.

Birth-injury claims and medical malpractice lawsuits involve complex medical and legal issues, so it’s important to seek the help of a medical malpractice attorney. Pegalis Law Group has been representing seriously injured individuals in Long Island for more than 40 years. Call (516) 684-2900 to schedule an appointment.