Your baby’s health depends a great deal on the quality of care you receive during pregnancy. During this time, a responsible and thorough doctor monitors your health, screens you for risk factors and conditions that could endanger your baby, and looks for early warning signs that the pregnancy is not progressing as it should. Early detection of risks and dangers often gives a skilled practitioner the time they need to rectify the situation, ensuring the successful delivery of a healthy baby.
Unfortunately, even a brief lapse in the quality and thoroughness of your prenatal care can result in consequences for your baby. In rare cases, this could cause birth defects that lead to lifelong disabilities for your child.
If your baby suffered birth defects, it is not always easy to know whether inadequate or negligent prenatal care might have caused or contributed. A fetal birth defects after negligent prenatal care lawyer in Bucks County can help you determine what happened in your case.
Negligent prenatal care constitutes medical malpractice. As a patient trusting your doctor with the delicate and life-affirming task of childbirth, you deserve high-quality, attentive care. If you do not receive this, both you and your baby may face unnecessary health risks.
If your baby suffered birth defects and you believe negligent prenatal care might have played a role, you have legal options. Contact an attorney at Cordisco & Saile LLC for a free consultation. Our legal team focuses on medical malpractice, particularly situations where children were unnecessarily harmed due to a medical professional’s negligence. We can help you get the fair compensation you deserve. Call 215-642-2335 today.
What Is Negligent Prenatal Care?
Negligent prenatal care occurs when a doctor, nurse, midwife, or other medical professional fails to provide an adequate level of care during pregnancy and, as a result, you or your baby suffer health consequences.
Common examples of negligent prenatal care our clients have experienced include:
- Failure to diagnose and treat pregnancy-related conditions, such as gestational diabetes, hypoglycemia, or preeclampsia, in a timely manner;
- Failure to detect birth defects during pregnancy that could have received treatmentprior to birth; and
- Failure to diagnose and treat conditions in the mother that have the potential to passto the baby and cause complications, such as genital herpes.
How Do I Know If My Doctor or Medical Professional Was Negligent?
If your baby was born with a fetal birth defect, it can be difficult to determine if negligence was the cause of it. Some birth defects and birth injuries are unpreventable and undetectable. The doctor may have no reasonable way of knowing of or preparing for them. Others are preventable with the right level of care. Our attorneys know how to investigate and determine whether your doctor might be liable.
We may be able to prove negligence on the part of a doctor, if they failed to:
- Detect any health conditions, diseases, or infections in the mother that could pass to the baby;
- Conduct a thorough review of the mother’s health history and perform all necessary maternal exams diligently;
- Order all necessary screenings and tests during pregnancy;
- Closely monitor the health of the baby during and after the delivery process;
- Notice any health concern in the baby immediately following the delivery, such as jaundiceor preeclampsia; or
- Monitor and control all known conditions in the mother, such as gestational diabetes, withthe potential to impact the baby.
Negligence or lack of care in any of the above areas can result in fetal birth defects, some of which have severe, lifelong consequences for the health of both the baby and the mother. An attorney from Cordisco & Saile LLC can take on the negligent physician or medical professional and help you get compensated for your damages.
What Fetal Birth Defects Can Result From Negligent Prenatal Care?
Two main types of fetal birth defects can result from negligent or inadequate care during pregnancy: structural and functional.
Structural defects impact the physical development and appearance of the baby’s body and can include the following:
- Spina bifida;
- Cleft lipor palate; and
- Limb abnormalities.
Functional defects impact the baby’s overall development and his or her vital bodily functions. They include:
- Brain disorders;
- Degenerative disorders;
- Metabolic disorders; and
- Sensory problems.
Because either type of fetal birth defect can occur when a mother does not receive proper care during pregnancy, you should speak with one of our attorneys to determine if your case constitutes malpractice. If so, you may be eligible for compensation for the damages you or your baby have incurred.
What Damages Can I Recover If My Child’s Birth Defect Was the Result of Negligent Prenatal Care?
If negligent prenatal care caused your child’s birth defect, a medical malpractice attorney from Cordisco & Saile LLC can investigate your situation and determine who is liable and what damages you might be able to recover from them.
Our clients are often able to win compensation for many types of damages, both economic and non-economic. These include:
- The cost of your medical bills for treating the condition, potentially including lifetime costs if the condition requires ongoing treatment;
- Compensation for the time you have to spend away from work getting treatment for your baby;
- Payment for the painand suffering and emotional anguish you have experienced as a result of your child’s condition; and
- In cases involving malicious or reckless behavior, punitive damages awarded to punish the party at fault.
Based on your unique circumstances, there might be other damages you can receive or other responsible parties besides your treating physician. The goal of our investigation is to identify all parties who are liable and all damages for which you are eligible.
For a Free Consultation With a Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Bucks County, Call 215-642-2335 Today.
At Cordisco & Saile LLC, our attorneys focus on medical malpractice law. We fight aggressively for the rights of our clients who suffered injuries on account of medical professionals not upholding their duty of care. We can put our tools and resources to work for you, helping you win fair compensation on behalf of your baby. To schedule a free consultation today, call 215-642-2335.