Medical Negligence and Birth Injuries

By Peter DePaolis

The terms “birth injury” and “birth trauma” refer to injuries to babies caused by complications during labor and delivery. Some birth injuries are relatively minor, but others can create lifelong complications for the child. While a difficult delivery may cause birth trauma, negligence on the part of the doctor and/or the hospital staff can also cause or contribute to birth injuries.

Common medical mistakes during childbirth include:

  • Failure to respond appropriately to bleeding
  • Failure to respond to fetal distress
  • Failure to anticipate birth complications
  • Misuse of forceps
  • Delay in performing a necessary cesarean section

Medical mistakes can also occur after the delivery. Mistreating an infection, for example, can be especially serious for a newborn baby. Although complications during childbirth are not out of the ordinary, doctors and hospital staff are required to adhere to an established standard of care for all patients. When medical professionals fail to live up to that standard of care, they place your child’s health and development at risk.

Understandably, parents find it frustrating to know that a doctor’s negligence may have caused their child’s birth injury. Have you or someone you know suffered birth trauma that was potentially caused by medical negligence?

Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia Injury Attorneys

Approved by attorney David Schloss

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.