Birth injuries are rather unlikely in today’s technologically advanced medical society. Pregnant mothers are monitored very closely during their terms and kept under a watchful eye of a trained doctor. However, as with any medical malpractice incident, birth injury accidents occur to an estimated two to seven babies out of every 1,000 deliveries.
Medical providers are required to monitor and provide adequate care for an expectant mother during pregnancy, labor, and delivery and immediately after the delivery of the infant. Failure to do so can result in the doctors, nurses, and other caregivers being held accountable for the outcome of the pregnancy.
Some care problems that may result in birth injuries in the San Fernando Valley include:
- Failure to act on changes to the mother’s condition during pregnancy.
- Failure to interpret and respond to fetal changes during labor.
- Failure to order specific tests during pregnancy and/or failure in interpreting tests correctly.
- Failure to perform a cesarean section during fetal distress.
- Failure to deliver the baby when the membranes have been ruptured for more than 24 hours.
Certain natural conditions associated with a difficult birth can lead to birth injuries, including large babies (birth weight over 8 pounds, 13 ounces), premature babies (babies born before 37 weeks), cephalopelvic disproportion (the size and shape of the mother’s pelvis is not adequate for a vaginal birth), difficult/prolonged labor and/or childbirth, and breech delivery.
Despite the circumstances surrounding the birth, medical malpractice or negligence is a leading factor in many Northridge birth injury cases. If you or a loved one has suffered a birth injury, you may be able to file a claim to seek financial compensation for hardships and losses.
The Mandell Law Firm is an aggressive Northridge personal injury and wrongful death firm serving clients throughout the San Fernando Valley. Our experienced and reputable lawyers provide hands-on care and sincere commitment for victims of accidents and wrongful death, including birth injuries, birth trauma, and all labor and delivery related injuries. If you or a loved one has suffered from birth injury or trauma, contact Robert J. Mandell today for a free case evaluation.
The Mandell Law Firm is dedicated to representing victims of birth injuries and birth trauma accidents in Santa Clarita and the San Fernando Valley. Let our experienced birth injury lawyers help you recover maximum monetary compensation for damages and injuries resulting from labor and delivery accidents.
If you or a loved one has suffered as the result of a birth injury, contact Robert J. Mandell at The Mandell Law Firm for a free case evaluation.