When Giving Birth Goes Wrong: Taking a Close Look at Birth Trauma Malpractice Claims

Most of us expect the birth of a child to be a joyous occasion. A new life is coming into the world. Life changes completely. But sometimes life changes in ways we did not expect. Every year, many women and babies experience birth trauma. Sometimes, trauma is unnecessary and caused by a medical professional’s failure to provide the right care to mom and baby. When this happens, people often have the right to file birth trauma malpractice claims. This article explores birth trauma – what it is and how to get compensated for it.

What exactly is ‘birth trauma?’

It can happen to the mother, the baby, or both mom and child. Birth trauma for the mother can involve physical or mental injuries, like:

  • Tearing of skin and muscles;
  • Excessive bleeding;
  • Strokes;
  • Post-natal depression; and
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder.

Babies sometimes suffer the following birth injuries:

  • Swelling or bruising, including of the head;
  • Intracranial bleeding;
  • Brain damage;
  • Nerve damage; and
  • Broken bones and dislocations.

In some cases, the baby and mom recover quickly. Sometimes this is not the case, however.

What are some of the extended consequences of birth trauma?

Mothers may need intense therapy and medication for mental disorders caused by an unnecessarily stressful birth. Minor physical injuries might heal in six to eight weeks. However, excessive bleeding and uterine prolapse could lead to an immediate hysterectomy. In addition to a longer recovery time, the mother also faces the knowledge that she cannot have any more children. Moms with PTSD might feel they can never give birth again after an intensely difficult delivery.

Babies with some birth injuries might never fully recover. They may need therapy or specialized treatment for the rest of their lives. Their parents may be looking at years of costly doctor visits.

Why will new mothers file birth trauma malpractice claims?

Some births are made unnecessarily difficult because of mistakes made by medical professionals. New moms who feel they cannot recover from their negative childbirth experience should contact an attorney about filing a birth trauma malpractice claim. Likewise, parents whose children suffered from a rough delivery should explore their options. The compensation they receive could make their child’s life a little easier.

Sometimes Birth Trauma Malpractice Claims Are Necessary

Medical malpractice claims, including those for birth trauma, are complicated. Often, many parties are involved in the chain of treatment. Powell Law features James F. Mundy, Esq., as an attorney who has successfully litigated medical malpractice cases for several decades. Since 1906, our practice has evolved litigating personal injury claims, including medical malpractice cases, and building a body of knowledge and expertise that unquestionably provides our clients with an incomparable advantage. Powell Law has an established 115-year-old reputation throughout northeastern Pennsylvania. Contact Powell Law at call (570) 961-0777. The consultation is FREE.

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