Electronic fetal monitoring errors can be injurious or even fatal to babies, but proving that an error in setting up or reading fetal monitors can be very difficult. The birth injury lawyers at Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance have taken steps to better understand how electronic fetal monitoring errors can happen, including continuing education courses to enhance our knowledge.
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Nurses are often the primary medical professional involved in labor before delivery. By and large, these medical professionals do everything possible to help protect both mother and baby, but sometimes mistakes, oversights, or neglect can occur – and when this happens, injury to the baby may prove unavoidable.
In the state of Georgia, families struggling with the consequences of birth injury may find help through Babies Can’t Wait, a program designed to provide resources for families dealing with developmental delays and similar issues surrounding birth injury. In addition to this option, Medicaid offers resources for families dealing with a birth injury, as do several local, statewide, and national nonprofits.
Midwives perform many useful and important functions. Particularly for families who are interested in more “natural” birthing options, a midwife can be an important addition to the labor and delivery team. But it is important to remember that, despite training in delivery and nursing, the majority of midwives are not physicians – and are neither qualified nor trained to deal with certain high-risk issues that can arise during labor and delivery.
This can make it dangerous to rely on a midwife alone, both for the mother and the baby.
When your baby is injured during labor or delivery, it may be difficult to prove medical negligence. Indeed, doctors, nurses, and hospitals have insurance companies and legal teams working around the clock to help guard against legal action and these powerful interests are often swift to move in as soon as talk of malpractice occurs.
Cerebral palsy is a result of damage to or abnormal development of the parts of the brain responsible for movement. This can occur while the brain is developing in utero, during labor and delivery, or even following birth. The exact cause of cerebral palsy is not always known.
Medical negligence, more commonly known as medical malpractice, occurs when a healthcare provider fails in his or her duty to the patient. This may come in the form of a delayed diagnosis, surgical error, improper medication, or a host of other serious and potentially deadly issues. If you have been the victim of medical negligence, Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance is here to help.
Injury and accident lawsuits may take just a few short months to settle, but most take around a year. In complex cases, it may take two to three years to come to a verdict.