Over 4 million babies are born in the US every year. However, a birth should never be considered a routine job by any medical practitioner. Carelessness or negligence can result in traumatic injuries for the baby during pregnancy, labor, or delivery.
Breach of Duty by an Obstetrician in Florida
Your doctor might have breached their duty if they detoured from the acceptable standard of care. Deviations include:
- Not diagnosing pregnancy issues, such as low blood pressure, pre-eclampsia, and diabetes
- Not detecting oxygen asphyxia or fetal distress
- Failure to provide neonatal resuscitation, therapeutic hypothermia, or other emergency treatments
- Failure to treat maternal infections, such as Group B strep
- Not providing accurate or enough information to the parents regarding possible congenital disabilities
- Not weighing the risks associated with vaginal delivery or delaying cesarean section when it was the only safe option left
- Failing to test for congenital disabilities
- Not mitigating tears to the perineal by performing an episiotomy
- Not inserting an epidural correctly
- Tugging excessively on the baby’s shoulder
- Prescribing medications that harmed the unborn child
You must note that you don’t automatically have a birth injury claim if your baby was injured during delivery. There is no case if you cannot prove that the doctor, another healthcare professional, or the hospital made any mistakes. Even if the doctor erred, you must prove that it resulted in severe or actual harm. Otherwise, there is no causation for a medical malpractice claim. For a successful claim, our medical malpractice attorneys in Tampa will prove that the medical team or the hospital contributed to or caused your baby’s injuries.