As families prepare to welcome a new baby into the world, the final event of childbirth is generally viewed as a happy day full of new beginnings. There may be some nerves and stress related to the birth, but for the most part, everyone is filled with excitement and anticipation as they wait to meet their newest family member.
With several important advances in medicine, childbirth has become much safer in the last few decades, but occasionally, complications still occur. Thanks to well-trained and prepared medical professionals, however, most of these complications are dealt with swiftly and carefully. Unfortunately, some doctors or nurses act carelessly or negligently in the delivery room, causing permanent, life-changing injuries to newborn babies. When these injuries occur it is important those impacted get in touch with an injury lawyer in Houston immediately to discuss potential claims and the next steps to filing an injury claim.
Childbirth is a physically strenuous time for both mother and baby, and there is always risk for injury or complication. When doctors act quickly and carefully, they are often able to minimize permanent damage to the baby. In cases of negligence, however, a doctor’s carelessness or rushing could create serious birth injuries, including:
Complications can often be aggravated by improper use of medication, such as epidurals or Pitocin, as well as a doctor’s failure to monitor your baby’s vital signs throughout labor. Delayed or improper reactions to fetal distress can also be to blame for your child’s birth injuries.
If your child suffered a serious injury during birth, a doctor’s negligence may be to blame. If it can be proven that the doctor breached the medical standard of care during your childbirth, you may be able to recover both economic and non-economic damages for your case. To find out if your case is eligible for compensation, schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our experienced Houston birth injury lawyers.