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Birth injuries can lead to medical malpractice lawsuit

Few people can probably imagine the emotional anguish of eagerly anticipating the birth of a new baby only to find out that the doctors and nurses they trusted with their medical care made a mistake in the birthing process. But, the reality is that birth injuries are more common than they should be.

When these tragic situations occur, the families who are affected may be able to proceed with a medical malpractice lawsuit. However, it is important to assess the situation to make sure that the medical condition in question was actually caused by negligent medical care, as opposed to a birth defect. In many cases of birth injuries, the medical condition exists because of something that the doctor failed to do.

An Illinois resident who receives medical care during a pregnancy expects - and deserves - competent treatment from the start of the pregnancy all the way to the time of birth. So, if a doctor fails to recognize certain medical conditions in the mother that can cause complications for the baby, such as hypertension, any resulting issues may be the subject of a medical malpractice lawsuit.

But, it is important for our readers to know that medical malpractice claims can be difficult to prove. In most cases, the plaintiff will need to show that the health care professionals failed to act in accordance with an accepted standard of medical care. This will require expert testimony. There are many other issues that can pop up in these types of cases, so it is important for Illinois residents who are contemplating a medical malpractice claim to get the right information about their legal options.

Source: FindLaw, "Birth Injury Overview," Accessed April 2, 2017

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