Pregnancy can be a very scary thing.
The moment you find out that you’re pregnant, millions of thoughts run through your mind on how to care for the baby growing inside you. What should I eat? How many times a month should I visit my doctor? What do I do if I think something is wrong?
You read all the books and follow your doctor’s advice to the letter. But after all you’ve done to protect your baby, what do you do if, during the delivery, complications arise that ultimately cause immediate or prolonged harm to you or your baby? What options do you have afterward to investigate what caused the problem in the first place and who—if anyone—could have prevented it?
Not all labor problems can be prevented, no matter what the physician does to help. However, there are occasions where the oversight or impatience of your doctor, nurse, or hospital can truly affect the health of your baby as well as yourself. These oversights are what determine if you have a case for a Virginia birth injury malpractice lawsuit, as they can result in fetal distress. When your baby experiences distress, the results can include:
- Premature labor
- Blood loss
- Hemorrhaging, both uterine and intracranial
- Hypoxia, which is associated with developmental delays, breathing problems, mental disorders, and cerebral palsy
If you feel that you or your baby was a victim of medical negligence resulting from delivery complications, Shevlin Smith can review your case in order to give you piece of mind. Contact us by calling 703.591.0067 or by using our online contact form to schedule a free consultation. You can also download Do I Have A Case? A Patient's Guide to Virginia Medical Negligence Law from this website for further information about your legal rights.