Although it is exciting, giving birth can also be scary because there are a number of things that can go wrong and cause Kentucky birth injuries, ranging from the improper use of forceps, incorrect administration of drugs, failure to conduct a timely C-section, and delayed birth deliveries.
Dangers of Birth Delays
When a doctor delays the delivery of an unborn child for any reason, there could be lifelong health consequences for the child. Delayed deliveries can be the cause of birth injuries in Kentucky to innocent children. Some of the outcomes of birth delays include:
- Cerebral palsy
- Erb’s palsy
- Brain injury
- Developmental delays
- Learning problems
- Other disabilities
These tragic outcomes could have been avoided if doctors would not delay childbirth out of negligence. When a child is in distress in the womb, a doctor should know about the condition and the risks that the lack of oxygen to the brain presents to the child, and he or she should act accordingly. Oftentimes, this requires the doctor to perform an emergency C-section in order to get the baby out of distress.
If a doctor does not take immediate steps to resolve the situation, a child may suffer a Northern Kentucky birth injury and may require continuous care the rest of his or her life for a serious form of cerebral palsy or brain injury.
A recent example of this occurred to a family when their doctor failed to deliver their son two days before he actually was delivered, when the mother’s embryonic fluid experienced a significant decline. The son now suffers from cerebral palsy and cannot function on his own. He will need lifelong assistance to perform many of his daily functions.
Sadly, delayed birth is oftentimes the result of negligence or inattentiveness of the hospital staff or obstetrician. When this is the case, and human error was the reason for your child’s birth injury, you should file a medical malpractice lawsuit in Kentucky for your child’s birth injury.
To find out more about your rights, you should talk with a caring and experienced Northern Kentucky birth injury attorney at the law office of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson in a free consultation at (859) 578-4444 or (888) 606-5297.