Birth Injuries and Obstetric Malpractice

Any health service provided by a Georgia medical professional during the birth process that is below the acceptable standard of care may be considered medical malpractice. Although there are a number of common problems that occur during difficult deliveries that do not constitute medical malpractice, if your child was born with a birth injury, it could be the result of negligence.

A Georgia medical malpractice lawyer can assess your case and help you determine whether your child’s injury was the result of obstetric malpractice.

Some of the birth injuries more commonly associated with malpractice include:

  • Fractures
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Erbs palsy, Dejerine-Klumpke palsy, and other brachial plexus injuries
  • Brain damage
  • Cephalohematoma (bleeding between the baby’s bone and fibrous tissue)
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Infections
  • Caput succedaneum (swelling of the baby’s scalp from vacuum extraction)
  • Stillborn delivery

Birth injuries occur for a number of different reasons. If the obstetrician is having trouble delivering the child and uses a vacuum or forceps improperly, it could cause an injury. A doctor’s negligence with a high-risk pregnancy and failure to take the appropriate pre-deliver precautions may also result in a birth injury. If the doctor did not properly monitor the baby’s condition or failed to plan for a Cesarean section, these are also forms of medical malpractice.

If you live in Georgia and your health has suffered because of an anesthesia mistake, please complete the online form and the Elite Injury Attorneys’ Network, LLC will review your case and try to find you a Georgia medical malpractice lawyer, if your claim is valid.