Birth Injuries

The birth of a child should be a joyous occasion. Nothing can cast a pall on the occasion more than finding out that your child has been harmed during the delivery. If your child has suffered a birth injury, you deserve to understand what caused your baby’s medical condition. If the injury stems from medical malpractice, the doctor, hospital, and staff must be held accountable.

Brain injuries are among the most common types of birth injury, often caused when medical providers fail to properly assess conditions prior to or during labor. There are three broad categories of preventable birth injuries to the brain:

  1. Oxygen deprivation
  2. Trauma
  3. Reduced glucose

These types of injuries can be caused by:

  • Failure to perform a timely cesarean section
  • Improper use of Pitocin
  • Inappropriate use of forceps and/or vacuum extractors
  • Failure to timely correct low glucose levels
  • Applying excessive lateral traction to the baby’s head

Surgical Errors

Surgical errors can cause permanent injury or death in patients. Some of the most common surgical errors and complications include:

  • Operating on the wrong area of the body
  • Performing the wrong surgery
  • Performing surgery on the wrong patient
  • Post-operative infections
  • Leaving items in the patient during surgery (sponges, clamps, etc.)
  • Causing damage that was not explained to the patient as part of the pre-surgical briefing

Diagnostic Mistakes

Failing to diagnose medical issues such as cancer, stroke, and heart attacks can have dire consequences that affect not only the victim, but also family, friends, and co-workers.

Medication Errors

Medication errors can occur when a physician prescribes:

  • The wrong medication for the issue
  • A medication the patient is allergic to
  • A medication that is contra-indicated for the patient-type

Medication errors can also fall on pharmacists who distribute the wrong medication, even if the right medication was prescribed.