Shifts are long at Sacred Mary’s hospital, but such is nothing unusual
for the medical industry. Today was a bit different, however. The delivery
ward witnessed over thirty deliveries in less than twenty-four hours.
As Melanie changes in the physicians’ locker room, she breaks down
and clutches her face. Tears roll down her cheeks. She just finished forty
hours straight at the hospital, all of which were spent delivering babies.
She cries, not out of sheer exhaustion, but because of the mistakes she has made.
Melanie knows that she misused forceps during the last delivery. She knew
that the baby’s head was too large. In a rush or maybe out of being
too tired, her sound judgment lapsed. She now fears that the baby could
have a skull fracture, brain damage, and maybe even facial nerve palsy.
Experienced Poughkeepsie medical malpractice attorneys know that birthing medical malpractice happens too often. Negligent use
of forceps can cause the injuries stated above in addition to cuts and
bruising, cerebral palsy, brachial plexus damage, and developmental delays.
Of course, the mother can be injured as well.
Forceps as a tool, are not evil or without any proper use. Rather, the
medical instrument is important in the delivery room. With that said,
the use of forceps must be done correctly and only under the proper circumstances.
Negligent forceps use is not the only way birthing doctors commit
negligence in the delivery room. In the fictional story above, the child’s
head was too large to pass through the mother’s pelvis. If a child
is too large for vaginal delivery, the mother should deliver the baby
through C-section. Doctors know this and should recognize such a need.
In general, failing to recognize that a caesaren section is needed when
another doctor would not have made this mistake is a case of negligence.
Birthing doctors should also monitor the child for signs of distress, such
as low heart rate and or umbilical cord problems. Signs of oxygen deprivation
should also be monitored. Unfortunately, too many times, the birthing
room staff does not notice problems when they should and could have.
The injuries that the fictional character Melanie worries about are too
often a reality for mothers and children. When they happen, the baby can
be impaired, sometimes seriously so, for life. Consider cerebral palsy.
Brain injury during child birth causes cerebral palsy. It is a neurological
disorder that which causes the child to have impaired muscle movement.
Another disorder sometimes caused by
negligent child delivery is erbs palsy. The condition happens when the brachial plexus is damaged.
The injury may end up being permanent and the child will have problems
using his/her arms and hands.
Learn more about what you should know about medical malpractice in
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