By: Andrew Iacobelli
Injuries involving infants and children are among the most tragic of Ontario personal injury and medical malpractice cases. The labor and delivery of a child is supposed to be a joyous occasion. During this time, however, emergency situations may arise that can threaten the life and well-being of both mother and baby.
Hospitals, nurses and physicians are required to monitor, detect, and timely treat conditions that threaten the mother or child - both are patients. Many victims of birth injury caused by medical malpractice started out as normal pregnancies. Often it is not until some time after arrival at the hospital that the first signs of distress or health risk occurrs.
Birth injuries can result from a number of situations, including fetal distress, placenta previa, placental abruption and as a result of excessive traction and pulling of the baby during delivery.
Signs of fetal distress are supposed to be monitored and, where necessary, intervention is supposed to occur. This may include situations where the baby needs to be delivered quickly by cesarean section. If fetal distress is ignored or not timely detected, however, there are serious risks for injury. This situation could lead to a baby not getting sufficient oxygen and blood flow to their brain, which could cause cerebral palsy.
Birth injuries can also occurr when medical providers do not timely or appropriately respond to an obstetric emergency. Some examples of this include, placenta previa and placental abruption. These emergecy situations can lead to serious injury or death if not treated appropriately.
As with most medical malpractice situations, hospitals and physicians are not likely to advise you that the injury was the result of some medical mistake. If you suspect that your child may have been seriously injured because of a medical mistake, contact Iacobelli Law Firm to speak with a Toronto medical malpractice lawyer.