Labor and delivery is such a common medical practice that it is almost inconceivable that any injury will occur to the mother while giving birth. However, tragedies do occur, and when they do it is important to hold any and all negligent parties accountable.
At Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., our birth injury attorneys have been serving individuals for more than 25 years. We understand what it takes to build a successful claim, and we will work hard to help you recover the compensation to which you are entitled. Contact us to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss birth injuries to mothers in Philadelphia.
There are any number of negligent acts that may result in an injury to a birth mother. Some of the more common claims include:
Gestational diabetes cases have increased significantly over the past 20 years. It is due to a lack of insulin production and carbohydrate intolerance during pregnancy. If untreated, it can cause blood pressure issues, eye problems, and kidney damage, just to name a few of the very serious effects. The condition has also been associated with unexplained stillbirths and fetal death during the last 4-8 weeks of pregnancy.
This disorder is characterized by a rapid increase in blood pressure and can occur both during the pregnancy and in the weeks immediately following childbirth. Tests are available to help identify this condition, even if no symptoms are present. If left untreated, pre-eclampsia can cause stroke, seizures, multiple organ failure, and even death.
The administration of the wrong medication during pregnancy can be catastrophic. Administering a drug that is meant for another patient, failure to monitor the vital signs of a mother who has received anesthesia, and other errors can cause serious harm during the labor process. It is especially important to advise your doctor of OB-GYN of any known allergies to medication. This information is vitally important during pregnancy and especially during delivery.
Although C-sections are a relatively common way of delivering babies, serious and occasionally fatal errors are committed during delivery. Lacerated bowels, organ damage, nerve damage, and other severe injuries may result when C-sections are not performed properly.
Severe blood loss, or postpartum hemorrhage (PPH), can occur as the result of forceps extractions, C-section lacerations, and other actions carried out during the labor and delivery process. It is important for medical professionals to monitor the symptoms of PPH and treat it as soon as possible.
Perineal tears are a relatively common occurrence during childbirth. In most cases, they are relatively minor and will heal over time. Some may require a suture or two. However, in certain cases, severe tearing may occur and may require extensive surgery. Oftentimes, these types of severe tears can be proactively avoided with proper medical care. It is particularly important for both you and your doctor to know the size of your baby and further recognize whether you are capable of delivering your baby full term and vaginally vs. C-section or through some other assisted means.
Our lawyers in Philadelphia will thoroughly review the circumstances that led up to any injuries you or the mother of your child had to endure during childbirth. We will help you fight for the compensation you need and deserve when medical professionals have failed to deliver the proper standard of care.
If you or a loved one has suffered as a result of childbirth malpractice, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Contact us to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss birth injuries to mothers in Philadelphia.