Written by attorney Christopher Michael Mellino

Birth Trauma: Failure to Assess Risk to Baby for Pregnant or Nursing Mothers

Birth trauma can sometimes be the result of obstetrician malpractice, whether it's failing to assess the risk to a baby in the mother’s womb or while being nursed. When serious injuries occur, compensation could be available for obstetrician malpractice. To learn more, contact a Cleveland medical malpractice attorney.

Birth Trauma Related to Pregnancy

One common type of birth trauma that can happen is when an OB/GYN fails to recognize complications or medical conditions during pregnancy. Without a proper diagnosis and treatment, it can cause severe or fatal harm to the unborn child. Your child doesn’t deserve to suffer at the hands of a negligent healthcare professional, so call a Cleveland medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible.

The following are examples of conditions during pregnancy that could result in a birth injury if not properly assessed:

  • diabetes;
  • hypertension;
  • eclampsia/preeclampsia;
  • hepatitis;
  • anemia; and
  • thyroid disease.

It could be a case of obstetrician malpractice if these conditions aren’t recognized and/or treated accordingly. It’s important that the OB/GYN is aware of any health problems with both the mother and the baby.

Certain medications can be dangerous to unborn babies. Drugs that can cause birth trauma are referred to as teratogens. When you consult your Cleveland medical malpractice attorney, you can review if teratogens were the cause of your birthing injuries.

Some of the types of drugs that could be dangerous to pregnant women include acne medication, certain antibiotics, blood thinners and antidepressants. They could cause deformities, stillbirth, maternal infections and birth defects. When prescribed without discussing risks, it could be another form of obstetrician malpractice.

Birth Trauma Related to Nursing Mothers

Even after giving birth, certain medications could be dangerous to a baby while the mother is nursing. Discussing with a patient whether the benefits outweigh the risks is critical.

Just because a drug is safe to use while pregnant doesn’t mean it is safe to take while nursing. So it’s important to understand if any medication being prescribed is safe for a breastfed baby.

If a mother must be treated for a medical condition, the doctor may need to consider alternative drugs that could be safer. However, there are some medications that nursing mothers should never take, such as lithium or radiopharmaceuticals.

Compensation Stemming from Obstetrician Malpractice

If it can be proven that birth trauma was caused by medical negligence, the OB/GYN could be held liable. Compensation could address the medical costs incurred as a result.

This may include laboratory tests, hospitalization, follow-up doctor visits and other care. If the effects of the trauma will be long-term, future medical treatment may be addressed through a claim.

If, as a result of the trauma, you are unable to work and must take care of your child, the income you are without could be recoverable. You would need to provide documentation of your earnings.

Additionally, there may be compensation available for pain and suffering, mental anguish and other losses. To learn more about the damages from obstetrician malpractice you could be entitled to seek, contact a Cleveland medical malpractice attorney.

A Cleveland medical malpractice attorney can help determine liability. Not only could the OB/GYN be liable, but the clinic or hospital that employs him or her also may be responsible. Don’t delay seeking legal advice when your child has suffered a birth trauma.

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