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Medical negligence: Birth injuries and defects are different

| Jul 27, 2020 | Medical Negligence |

It is only natural for parents in Tennessee and nationwide to be concerned or feel anxious in the days before the birth of their child. Many people do not realize that birth injuries and birth defects are different. Congenital disabilities or birth defects are mostly not unavoidable because they are genetic, meaning that DNA and genes caused them. When it comes to birth injuries, medical negligence might be to blame.

Some of the most common injuries during child birth include bodily injuries resulting from improper manipulation during the delivery process. When vacuum extraction equipment is used, the infant could be injured, and there could be bruising and even broken bones. When medication is administered to the mother just before or during the delivery, the baby could be at risk.

The pregnant mother is typically monitored carefully throughout the pregnancy. This is done to check that the baby grows at a reasonable rate and to identify any potential problems that might affect the baby’s well-being during labor. Lastly, but equally important, are birth injuries caused by human error. Examples of mistakes sometimes made by members of the attending medical team include the failure to monitor the fetal heart rate effectively.

Other frequently cited errors that lead to medical negligence claims include oxygen deprivation and delayed birth. Although the Tennessee civil justice system allows parents to file medical malpractice lawsuits to recover financial and other damages, it is a complicated field of the law. For that reason, it is good to consult with an attorney who has experience in dealing with medical negligence or malpractice lawsuits related to birth injuries.