Negligence on the part of hospital staff or midwives can lead to birth injuries.
Negligence in any form can seriously affect the health of a pregnant mother and her baby. Therefore, all pregnant mothers are advised to exercise utmost care during their gestation period. However, when medical negligence results in a birth injury, especially in the hands of a supposedly trained hospital staff or a midwife, the whole experience of childbirth turns traumatic. In this post, our Chicago birth injury lawyer will discuss how negligence on the part of hospital staff or midwives can cause birth injuries.
Hospital staff negligence and birth injuries
All new mothers want the best for their unborn children. They expect that the hospital staff is well trained and experienced, and do not commit mistakes that can severely cost the health of the infant and the mother. However, there are many ways that hospital staff can be negligent and cause birth injuries.
- If any negligent hospital staff member picks up an infant without supporting the head, brain injuries and disabilities like Erb’s Palsy can occur.
- Incorrect medication or inappropriate dosage of medication to the mother or infant can cause a host of other complications.
- Negligence on part of hospital staff while administering vaccinations, or conducting screening or physical check-ups can lead to a number of physical injuries, infections, and other complications.
It is essential that all hospital staff is well trained before handling a new born. Any form of negligence can amount to medical malpractice. Parents, on the other hand should ensure that they are vigilant, and are always present around their new babies during screenings and check-ups.
Midwife negligence and birth injuries
Many parents prefer to hire the services of a midwife to deliver their baby in the comfort of their homes. While midwives may have enough experience in handling deliveries, they are usually not trained as an emergency medical technician (EMT). This means that if a medical complication occurs, midwives generally cannot offer more help than calling the emergency medical services. In such situations, the infant may sustain severe birth injuries like permanent brain damage leading to serious mental and physical disabilities like cerebral palsy or even death.
Liability usually depends on the place where the injury occurred. For example, if the injury takes place due to the negligence of a nurse, her employer – the hospital – can be held liable for the injury.
At times, when certain medications are responsible for injuries, the pharmaceutical company can be held liable for failure to issue warnings about possible side effects.
Chicago Birth Injury Lawyers
Parents of babies who suffer birth injuries due to negligence on part of hospital staff or a midwife should consult with a Chicago birth injury lawyer to understand their legal options. Call Willens Law Offices today at (312) 957-4166 for a free consultation with an experienced attorney.