For most people the birth of a baby is a joyful thing. Many new mums and dads go home from the hospital with their new little bundle and start getting to grips with the way their lives have now changed.
Unfortunately this is not true in all cases. In some instances obstetrical adverse events can occur that completely change the birth and what happens at that time. While not all these cases lead to detrimental outcomes they can still be stressful and traumatic to go through.
What are obstetrical adverse events?
These are events that occur during the process of labour and delivery. They can occur to the mother, the child or both, depending on the nature of what occurs. Sometimes a situation involving the mother can directly affect the health of the baby and vice versa.
It is important to note the majority of births do not experience these events. However, when they do occur it is vital to ensure the correct steps are taken to minimise the outcome and to ensure everyone gets through the birth safely and healthily.
What can go wrong?
There are many examples of situations in which the mother or baby experiences problems during the labour and birthing stages. For example bleeding can occur in the mother and if this goes unnoticed it can lead to devastating consequences. The process of birthing the baby can also lead to problems if one or more parts of the skeleton are damaged. Other obstetrical adverse events include a perineal tear and the potential for the baby’s head to be damaged if a natural birth is attempted when a Caesarean would have been a better option.
Those in charge in the medical setting of a delivery room or operating theatre are responsible for the outcome. They must ensure everything is done to prevent these events from occurring.
AAH can advise on situations including obstetrical adverse events
Our team of experienced professional personal injury lawyers deal with many cases, including those involving mothers and babies. If you have been through this situation in the last three years and you are not sure whether you have cause to sue, we can assess your situation. Every case is different but we have won compensation on behalf of many clients with all types of cases including these. With many years of experience we can indeed provide the input and support you need.
Date Published: May 13, 2014
Author: David Brown
Category: Medical negligence claim