Most expectant mothers who have had a clean bill of health for themselves and their unborn child throughout their pregnancy expect to bring home a healthy baby from the hospital after birth. Tragically, this is not always the case. In some instances, negligence on the part of health care workers can lead to injuries to yourself or your baby during birth.
Some common birth injuries include broken bones, scratches, Erb’s palsy (caused by damage to the facial nerves during birth), facial paralysis, and in serious cases, cerebral palsy or death. Some of these injuries are minor or can heal quickly. Others may result in a child needing a lifetime of medical care.
Many birth injuries can be prevented if a health care professional, including obstetricians, nurses, or other hospital staff members follow proper procedures during childbirth. That could mean very carefully monitoring a patient’s labor for signs of distress and performing a C-section if necessary. Proper procedures could also include acting quickly to resuscitate a child after birth and carefully monitoring a baby’s progress during delivery.
In some cases, birth injuries occur due to no fault of the medical professionals present at the birth. However, in other cases the health care provider’s negligence either during pregnancy or during birth was the primary cause of the birth injury. In order to prove negligence on the part of a health care provider, you must show that he or she didn’t act as a similar health care professional would have under the circumstances.
If your child was injured during birth, and you believe that injury was due in part to negligence by medical professionals, it’s critical to contact a San Francisco birth injury attorney. You could be entitled to compensation for the lifelong medical expenses for your child, as well as loss of enjoyment of life and pain and suffering. At Liberty Law, Micha Star Liberty believes that it’s important to pursue any claims on behalf of your child as quickly as possible. If you’re in San Francisco, Tracy, Fairfield, Oakland or the surrounding area, call Micha Star Liberty, San Francisco birth injury attorney at 415-896-1000.