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Is stillbirth ever caused by medical malpractice?

Losing a baby after it is born or when it still in the womb is a devastating experience for parents. A natural response to this loss is searching for blame. Many Massachusetts parents go through a period in which they blame themselves for the infant's death. When this period ends, both mothers and fathers often look elsewhere for a place to lay the blame.

In many cases, stillbirths cannot be explained despite current and existing research into the phenomenon. Other times, stillbirths may occur because of birth defects or genetic conditions like Down syndrome. About 14 percent of stillbirths occur because of these genetic conditions.

Birth injuries and pregnancy complications can also lead to stillbirth. For example, if the pregnant mother is involved in a car accident that injures the baby, stillbirth might occur. Pregnancy complications in the mother that can cause stillbirth include preeclampsia, diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. These conditions need to be addressed throughout pregnancy to keep baby and mother safe from preventable harm.

When a mother is receiving proper obstetrics care, her physician should address any conditions that could affect the infant. A very large part of the doctor's duty is to perform evaluations on the mother's health all the way through pregnancy.

These regular evaluations help the doctor detect and treat any conditions that could result in birth injuries, including stillbirth. If the physician fails to address any health problems the mother experiences and infant death or injury occurs, the parents may be able to find closure through a medical malpractice or wrongful death claim.

It is normal to look for blame when birth injuries occur. Presenting your case to a medical malpractice attorney can help you determine if your child's death could have been prevented. This can give you peace of mind about the loss of your infant.

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