While rare, injuries to a newborn due to the medical negligence of a provider, whether an Obstetrician or mid-wife do occur. There are many things that happen quickly in a hospital at the time of birth, and mistakes can impact a baby and a family for life. Not all mistakes are actionable and in order for a lawsuit to proceed a similar health care provider has to commit to writing that there was a deviation in the standard of care that caused the injury to the newborn. Connecticut General Statutes Section 52-190a.
Questions such as when to move from natural childbirth to a C-section and what is the proper standard of care for a baby in breech need to be answered by experts who can review the entire chain of events. In addition, it can be difficult to determine what the extent of injury is in many cases. Things like the Apgar score, and initial visits to the Pediatrician often shed light on the extent of injury caused during childbirth. If your son or daughter has had a birth injury, contact one of our medical malpractice attorneys to have the case reviewed and prosecuted to protect your interests.