Legal Blog post by Partner Matt Casey
Common Labor and Delivery Errors
Most births in the United States are complication-free. However, approximately 5 to 7 out of every 1,000 births results in some sort of birth trauma. Many of these are a result of errors by physicians, nurses, or other healthcare providers. The following is a list of the most common labor and delivery errors and the possible resulting birth injury:
Oftentimes parents who sensed that something went wrong during their labor and delivery are usually right. The following conditions or circumstances may indicate a medical mistake was made:
If a child is diagnosed with any of the conditions mentioned in this article, it merits further investigation to be sure Standards of Medical Practice were followed to ensure patient safety. A personal injury attorney well-versed in medical malpractice should review the circumstances of the labor and delivery to determine if there was negligence.
This article originally appeared in July 2015 on the Casey & Devoti website.
Matt Casey is a partner with Casey & Devoti, a St. Louis-based personal injury law firm. Matt handles a variety of personal injury cases with a special emphasis on medical malpractice and birth injuries.