Patients trust their physicians to aid them in getting better or maintaining their health, and when physicians fail to meet those expectations it can have serious consequences for the patients. One such instance could be a physician providing improper care that results in injuries to a mother while giving birth.
Those mothers who experience this may be able to seek compensation. In order to create a solid case, it is important to understand a few aspects of birth injuries.
There are a number of different injuries that a mother may endure during birth. Some injuries may be unavoidable due to uncontrollable factors, such as the mother’s health or previous conditions; however, there are other injuries that the physician’s actions may inflict upon the mother and child. There are certain negligent acts that may lead to injuries during birth, including the following:
- Using delivery instruments improperly
- Failing to monitor blood loss properly
- Monitoring or evaluating a patient improperly before or during birth
Along with physical impact, complications during birth may lead to mental and emotional issues as well. In fact, sometimes the mother may not suffer injuries herself, but she may suffer from feelings of guilt or depression if her child sustains birth injuries.
Some birth injuries may take a while to heal. Depending on what the injury is, it may create a physical condition that the mother will suffer from for the rest of her life. In the case of mental or emotional damage, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, she may deal with it for years to come, and some women even decide not to have more children because of the trauma.
Proving a claim
Evidence is essential in creating and proving a birth injury claim. Any doctor’s notes, medical records and eyewitness testimony can be beneficial in supporting the claim. With the filming of labor being so popular, many women find that these videos can be helpful in the process as well.