Doctors have a duty to provide an acceptable standard of care, following all protocols and procedures, and treating patients to the best of their abilities based on their training and education. When a doctor behaves carelessly or negligently, and their patient suffers injuries because of it, this may constitute medical malpractice.
In obstetrics, doctors must care for two patients—the mother and the child—throughout the pregnancy, labor, and delivery. Failure to monitor the growing fetus, and later on the infant, could cause serious injuries and lasting disabilities.
A doctor may commit birth injury negligence by:
- Failing to recognize signs of cephalopelvic disproportion
- Failing to diagnose congenital conditions
- Failing to call for a cesarean section (C-section) when needed
- Failing to closely monitor the baby during labor and delivery
- Failing to recognize or take action regarding other birth injury risks
- Failing to follow all procedures and policies throughout pregnancy, labor, and delivery
There are many additional ways a doctor could make a medical error and cause a child to suffer a birth injury. This type of negligence could support a valid medical malpractice case. Your attorney will work closely with a medical expert witness to prove negligence in your case.