The Devastating Impact Of Obstetrician Mistakes
The unfortunate victims of obstetrics negligence are babies. When OB-GYNs make a mistake during pregnancy, labor or delivery, the effects on the baby may last a lifetime, leading to complications such as:
- Erb’s palsy and brachial plexus injuries
- Cerebral palsy and the severe developmental delays that go along with it
- Shoulder dystocia, which can lead to fetal distress, oxygen deprivation and stillbirth
- Failure to detect genetic disorders (or offer genetic testing)
- Assisted-delivery injuries involving forceps or vacuum extraction
The financial cost of a birth injury can be overwhelming. Your child may require extensive medical treatment, rehabilitation, physical therapy and more. Aside from the medical effects of the injury, the emotional trauma also takes a toll on families.
If you’re dealing with the tragic aftermath of an obstetrician’s mistake, contact the Massachusetts law office of Barry D. Lang, M.D. & Associates. Our attorneys understand the nuances of these difficult cases. We’re dedicated to helping parents and families hold doctors accountable for their errors.
Finding Out What Happened And Who Was At Fault
With physicians and nurses on staff, we are well-equipped to conduct a full investigation of your circumstances. Our goal is to get a clear picture of whether the treating physician was somehow negligent during the labor and delivery process. For example, perhaps the obstetrician made a mistake by:
- Failing to order a C-section in time
- Failing to administer the correct dosage of Pitocin (or other labor-enhancing drugs)
- Failing to adequately monitor the fetus, which is essential for detecting fetal distress
- Failing to identify or respond to signs of fetal distress
- Failing to prevent a precipitous (fast) labor that resulted in too quick a delivery
- Failing to properly perform an assisted delivery with forceps or vacuum extraction
As a result of our strong backgrounds in both law and medicine, our legal team can review your medical records and provide an informed analysis, and we can do so quickly.
Midwives And Family Practitioners
Many expectant mothers choose to consult a midwife instead of a physician during pregnancy. Others visit general family practitioners who do not specialize in obstetrics. Midwives and general practitioners have a responsibility to notify an obstetrician when complications arise. Failure to do so could result in serious or fatal injuries to the mother or child.
If you believe your midwife or family practitioner may have been negligent, let us help you get answers.