Last week, we discussed how important labor monitoring is for a pregnant woman and her unborn baby. As we discussed in that blog post, when women aren't adequately monitored, issues can creep up that can cause harm to the mother, the baby or both. Our Texas readers might be very upset when they think about how someone's unwillingness to keep an eye on the woman in labor might lead to those types of issues.
Any woman who is going into a hospital or birthing center knows that she will be monitored, at least periodically, throughout her labor. This is done in an effort to make sure that the stress of the labor process doesn't harm the mother or baby. While this monitoring is usually effective, it isn't foolproof. There are some instances in which Texas mothers or their unborn babies might end up suffering injuries because the monitoring isn't done effectively or isn't interpreted properly. In those cases, the mother has the option of seeking compensation for her injuries through a medical malpractice lawsuit.
As we discussed last week, premature birth is one of the leading causes of neonatal death. That post might have some of our Texas readers wanting to know more about premature births. Getting some answers to common questions might help some of our readers to better understand premature births.
In a previous blog post, we discussed the inherent risk of birth injuries during normal childbirth. A host of problems can occur when medical professionals mishandle an infant using forceps as the child emerges from the birth canal. Some of these birth injuries are immediately apparent on the infant such as broken clavicles or excessive bruising. Other injuries like cerebral palsy or Erb's palsy may take longer for the symptoms to develop.
Last week, we discussed the possibility of seeking exemplary damages in a wrongful death case. That information might have some of our Texas readers wondering exactly what it means when someone is suing for wrongful death or accused of wrongful death. A wrongful death claim has some very specific qualifications that must be met.
As discussed in a previous article on our law blog, cerebral palsy is a term used to refer to neurological disorders that occur in children as their brains are developing. Most of the time, cerebral palsy is caused by a brain injury the child suffers during fetal development. However, cerebral palsy can also occur as a result of a birth injury caused by doctor error or similar hospital negligence. A medical professional lacking proper training or experience can harm the child in a way that will bring about the onset of cerebral palsy.
Cerebral palsy is the term used to refer to a number of neurological disorders that sometimes occur in the developing brains of children. These disorders are usually the result of brain injury suffered by the child during fetal development, just prior to, during and shortly after birth and during infancy or during early childhood development.
A Houston-area couple is very unhappy with the way a local hospital has treated them after their infant daughter died just four days after a doctor delivered the child at the facility. The young mother says that she and her husband were excited to deliver their daughter, but complications arose during the procedure.
C-section deliveries are the most commonly performed procedures in the United States. Although rare, sometimes the surgical procedure can injury newborns during the delivery process. However, a new device, called C SAFE, may reduce injuries during C-sections in Texas and around the country.
During pregnancy and childbirth, doctors and hospitals are expected to provide quality care that is based on the patient's needs and health history. When doctors do not follow care standards for special conditions, birth injury can result. Depending on the severity of the situation, a birth injury can cause permanent disability or even death.