Childbirth is an amazing experience for young mothers. Welcoming a new life into the world, holding your baby for the first time; the enthrallment with your new son or daughter is absolutely incredible.
Unfortunately for many new mothers in Northern Mississippi and Memphis, Tennessee, the experience of childbirth does not always end well. The matter becomes even worse when an injury has occurred due to the negligence or carelessness of the doctor or medical staff in the delivery room.
Birth-related medical malpractice occurs when a doctor, hospital, or other medical fails to use reasonable care. This may lead to injury to the mother or child ruing pregnancy or delivery, wrongful birth, or wrongful pregnancy.
Although birth-related medical malpractice is rare, it can be extremely devastating to parents. Some examples include negligently failing to control excessive maternal blood loss post-delivery, or failing to monitor the baby’s heart intake pre- and post-delivery.
If the baby is injured, the parents must bring the lawsuit as the infant’s guardians. They may ask for general and special damages on behalf of the infant, including cost of suffering, as well as loss of enjoyment of life.
The mother can bring a claim for medical malpractice if the doctor’s carelessness caused her injury before or during birth.
Because an injured infant can be so devastating emotionally to the parents, birth-related medical malpractice claims may also sue for the emotional pain and suffering they have experienced.
Childbirth should be one of the most exciting, beautiful times in the lives of parents. If you or your child has been injured due to the negligence of a doctor, hospital, or medical staff member during childbirth in Northern Mississippi or Memphis, contact an experienced personal injury attorney today to discuss your options.
For more information on birth-related medical malpractice, visit Nolo or contact our office.
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