Because a baby’s immune system is fragile upon entering this world, an infection left untreated can spread and cause very serious consequences, including development of a disease that could lead to death.
When bacterium or a virus is found in a pregnant woman, a doctor should take preventative measures to decrease the risk of her passing it on to her infant during childbirth. This means that doctors need to test pregnant women to determine if they need to perform treatment to prevent a Northern Kentucky birth injury from occurring.
So, how can neonatal infections be prevented?
Testing can be done through a simple swab test or by a blood or fluid test. Once determined, the pregnant mother can be given antibiotics to prevent the transferring of bacterium to her newborn. This is why maternal testing is extremely critical to the safety of an infant, and it should be a routine procedure.
If a doctor failed to perform the necessary testing, and an infant is injured at birth due to the doctor’s negligence, then the mother of the child may be able to pursue compensation for medical malpractice that led to her baby’s Kentucky birth injury.
If your child suffered a Northern Kentucky birth injury, please call the law office of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson to find out more about your rights in a free consultation with one of our caring Northern Kentucky birth injury attorneys at (859) 578-4444 or (888) 606-5297.