Childbirth is generally seen as one of the most natural processes on earth, but that does not mean it is risk-free. When an infant sustains injuries at birth, the fault may lie with nature, the mother or errors made by healthcare providers before or during the birth. Determining the true causes of injury involves detailed investigations conducted by attorneys who understand the medical malpractice laws in your state and who have a network of resources and a wealth of knowledge in the medical science and processes associated with birth injuries.
The responsibility for birth injuries often falls to the medical practitioner to recognize and anticipate obstetric risk factors, such as the following cited by Medscape:
- Large-for-date infants
- The use of forceps or vacuums during delivery
- Breech births
- Deliveries involving excessive or abnormal traction
Even if none of these risk factors apply to your infant, medical negligence can cause injuries if your physician failed to conduct tests or otherwise monitor for unusual conditions during pregnancy. Similarly, doctors who do not conduct full assessments of infants after birth to reveal signs of any abnormal conditions may lose the opportunity to begin immediate treatment.
With a seemingly endless list of possible reasons for birth injuries, you have to count on your own hunches and get in touch with someone who knows how to conduct a thorough investigation to unravel the details behind what happened. When you discuss your case with a birth injury attorney who helps clients nationwide, you leverage the resources that can help provide answers.