Birth injury negligence occurs when a medical professional fails to exercise the degree of care, skill, and judgment ordinarily used under similar circumstances by a medical professional. This birth injury negligence can cause damage to a mother or newborn during the child labor or delivery process.
Birth injury negligence can include the failure to respond appropriately to certain conditions and complications that can affect the mother or the newborn during the birth event. This may include failure to diagnose or properly respond to maternal or fetal health complications including infection, disease, distress, anoxia (lack of oxygen), and similar complications. Birth injury negligence may also cause complications because of a medical professional’s failure to properly addresspremature birth risks, large newborn head or body size, and similar risks.