From the moment of conception, a child’s life is precious and needs to be cared for as such. All parents want the best for their children, and that includes the medical care the child and mother receive before and during birth. Any mistake in this medical care could spell disaster for mother, baby or both. Sometimes, these disasters are preventable, which could mean the responsible parties are susceptible to a medical malpractice suit.
Not all injuries leading up to or during a child’s birth are 100% preventable. However, doctors and medical professionals are held to a certain duty of care that ensures they provide an appropriate level of care to their patients. However, things do not always go as they should, even with the best of intentions. This is why it is important for families who have suffered a birth injury to understand how the injury could have potentially been avoided.
Injuries could have occurred during gestation, which is anytime between conception and when the expecting mother goes into labor. This type of injury could happen due to a mistreated medical condition in the mother, improper medication or even a medical professional’s inability to recognize a condition that would make the pregnancy or the birth difficult. Injury could potentially occur during the birth, if the child’s delivery was not handled in a way congruent with industry standards. It is important to pinpoint the moment or moments that directly led to or prefaced the fetal distress.
Emotionally, as parents, this can be a very difficult time. At the Jaffe Law Firm, we understand what stress this injury must have caused you and your family. New Mexico residents should have a means of legal recourse when such an incident occurs. We are here to help these families in times of distress.