When a new member is added to Pottsville residents' family, it is supposed to be one of the most joyous times in someone's life. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, such as when a premature delivery results in serious injury to the child.
Birth injuries can occur due to any number of factors that go wrong during delivery. For example, when a doctor fails to respond properly to the baby's poor condition or complications that arise during delivery, it can worsen into a major problem. If the doctor had caught the issue early on, meanwhile, there may have been little to no damage to the child.
In other cases, the baby may receive an inadequate amount of oxygen during the delivery due to doctor error. The lack of oxygen can lead to conditions like cerebral palsy or other issues, which can impact the child for the rest of his or her life.
Not all birth defects or injuries may be actionable through a medical malpractice lawsuit, such as those birth defects that were unavoidable. The main issue at hand is whether the doctor's negligence caused the birth injury, meaning the doctor's care fell below the standard the doctor was bound to follow.
Ultimately, birth injury cases demonstrate that a doctor's negligence can impact everyone, no matter how young or old they may be. For instance, last week this blog discussed the malpractice suit filed after 81-year-old comedian Joan Rivers' death. Whether a person is injured through a doctor's error during birth, or near the end of their life, a medical malpractice action may be brought in order to hold the doctor accountable and obtain compensation for the injured person or their loved ones.
Source: Findlaw, "Birth injury FAQ," accessed on May 21, 2016