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Common Medical Malpractice Errors That Occur in the Delivery Room

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What Takes Place in the Delivery Room?

The birth of a baby is one of the most exciting and anticipated times in people’s lives. The delivery room should be a place where everyone is focused on the delivery of a healthy and injury-free baby. Lack of focus or failed proper use of skill and care can result in serious injuries.

Numerous medical problems can occur in a delivery room, which can lead to serious harm to a baby. Some of the most common delivery room errors include the following:

Delayed cesarean section can occur if failure to schedule a cesarean section as soon as indications of fetal distress or signs that the baby was too big to be delivered in a natural birth. Failure to do so may constitute medial malpractice.

Caput Succedaneum is a condition where the scalp of a baby swells shortly after birth. This is caused by pressure from the mother’s uterus or vaginal wall during delivery. Caput succedaneum can also be caused by the use of vacuum extraction devices during a protracted delivery.

Bruising and broken bones may occur due to physical stresses of the passage through the birth canal or contact with bones and tissues in the mother’s pelvis. The use of forceps during delivery can leave marks on a newborn’s head or face, especially when doctors use excessive force. Broken bones can occur with improper use of birth-assisting tools or when an infant is tugged too forcefully.

Brachial Plexus injury is the result of an injury to a baby’s brachial plexus. The brachial plexus is a network of nerves that connects the spinal cord to the baby’s arms and hands. Brachial palsy typically occurs with difficult births, especially if the baby’s shoulders get stuck in the birth canal and a doctor tugs on one arm to help extract the baby.

If your baby experienced devastating birth injuries due to a delivery room error, you may be eligible for compensation, which can be recovered by The Cochran Firm Philadelphia’s medical malpractice lawyers. Please call 215-569-0900 to discuss your case with an experienced birth injury attorney