As wonderful as the United States is, and for all the technology and medical advances available here, it is amazing how many women suffer injuries or death due to problems during or after labor and delivery. New safety standards have been proposed that, if properly implemented, have the ability to save numerous families from the physical, financial and emotional trauma that often accompanies a birth injury or birth-related death. What are these new standards, and how will they help Louisiana families?
Bringing a baby into the world, for most parents, is a joyous, albeit stressful, occasion. There is always the hope that labor and delivery will go smoothly, and mom and baby will leave the hospital healthy. Unfortunately, in Louisiana and across the country, numerous moms suffer injuries during the birth process, and some end up dying. A birth injury victim or -- in the event of fatality -- her surviving family members may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses if hospital negligence occurred. Sadly, many hospital administrators are blaming birth injuries on moms rather than taking accountability for their employees' actions.
Women in Louisiana who have experienced personal injury during the birthing process, or parents of children who suffered injury or death during labor and delivery, likely have a lot of questions about what went wrong. No one expects results like this. Everyone hopes that labor will go well and the end result will be a beautiful, healthy baby. It is common to question if one's birth injury was preventable. If thoughts that it may have been born out of negligence exist, it may be possible to hold those responsible accountable for their actions.
When pregnant and preparing to bring a child into the world, the medical care a woman receives during her pregnancy and during labor and delivery matters. Not all women want the full hospital birthing experience. Some prefer home births or a least prefer to have a midwife rather than a doctor at the delivery. In Louisiana, can midwives be held responsible if their actions contribute to birth injury or infant death?
You trusted your medical provider to take care of you and your child during labor and delivery. Unfortunately, a questionable call resulted in your child suffering a birth injury that may affect him or her for the rest of their life. When the wrong call results in a birth injury, can parents in Louisiana seek compensation for their losses? Possibly.
A family in another state recently won a substantial settlement in an injury/medical malpractice lawsuit. This case was all about a birth injury and holding the hospital and its staff responsible for the damage caused to a now 9-year-old boy. Parents in Louisiana with children who have suffered injuries during labor and delivery may, like this family, pursue compensation for their losses as well.
If you are one of the numerous parents in Louisiana whose child was injured during the delivery process, you know all too well the impact that event has had on your life. You know full well that the birth injury did not just affect your child's life -- it affected your whole family. You may be entitled to seek compensation for your family's losses as well as for the damages experienced by your child.
Louisiana residents whose children have suffered injuries during childbirth may wonder if they can take legal action against the medical providers who were present during labor and delivery and/or the medical facility. The only real answer to that question is maybe. It may be possible to file a birth injury claim, but it is hard to know without first investigating all the facts of one's case.
Numerous women in Louisiana choose to go to medical facilities when they are in labor. They do this for a number of reasons, but the biggest reason is so that they have trained medical professionals on hand if anything goes wrong. Unfortunately, too many women end up experiencing fatal or critical birth injuries due to a hospital staff not taking appropriate actions before and after complications arise. What should hospitals be doing to prevent mothers from experiencing birth injury?
A number of things can happen during the labor and delivery process that can cause a child to suffer injuries. Damage to nerves in the neck and shoulder region known as the brachial plexus is actually fairly common. Sometimes, such an injury will heal in a short amount of time, but sometimes that damage may be permanent. Infants in Louisiana and elsewhere who suffer injury to the superior trunk of the brachial plexus are said to have the birth injury Erb's Palsy, which leaves many children with permanent impairments.