From surgical errors to negligence that occurs in nursing homes, medical malpractice cases take various forms across California. In San Bernardino, and delivery rooms throughout the state, there are also medical malpractice cases involving childbirth. If you or your partner are preparing to give birth, it is important to understand how widespread these injuries are and take preventative measures.
According to data that was published by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, almost 157,700 infants and mothers suffered an injury during childbirth that may have been preventable in 2006. Moreover, data revealed that infants who had Medicaid coverage had higher injury rates in comparison to newborns who were covered by a private insurer. During the same year, 4.3 million childbirths took place across the country, which underlines the importance of taking steps to avoid birth injuries. From head injuries and infections to perineum tears and broken collarbones, there are a number of risks that mothers and their children face during the birthing process. Sadly, these injuries can have a lasting impact on the lives of those affected.
If you believe that someone in your family was injured during the birthing process, determining how to properly handle the injury is pivotal. If the birth injury occurred because of a medical professional’s negligent behavior, you may want to explore any legal options that are available. Tragically, birth injuries have claimed many lives and resulted in a large number of injuries and medical professionals who fail to fulfill their professional responsibilities must be held responsible.