Unfortunately, in a country as advanced as ours, fetal death still occurs. Stillbirth, the death of a baby past 20 weeks of gestation, occurs in 1 out of 160 pregnancies in the United States. Proper medical care could prevent many of these deaths. Fetal death and stillborn babies due to medical malpractice is unacceptable.
The death of a child is unbearable, as is the death of a baby. It is even harder to accept that this heartbreaking tragedy could have been prevented, but for the neglect of a doctor or nursing staff. Medical malpractice claims the lives of innocent babies to this day. Those who are responsible, should be held accountable for this incredible loss.
Acts of Medical Neglect that can Cause Fetal Death or Stillbirth
Advances in medicine should make the birth of a child that much safer. Doctors and nurses may not be adequately trained in new medicine or may not utilize all of the medical tools at their disposal. As a result of ever-advancing medicine, many fetal deaths are caused by medical neglect. Many acts of negligence may lead to the death of a child including:
- Inadequate prenatal care
- Failure to treat conditions in the mother such as hypertension and diabetes
- Failure to run proper prenatal test and treat for infection
- Failure to recognize and prepare for birth defects
- Failure to timely respond to signs of fetal distress during delivery
- Failure to timely address conditions with the baby after delivery
- Injuries caused to the baby during delivery
- Lack of blood flow during birth and failing to intervene timely with a c-section
Doctors, nurses, and medical staff may tell you that they are sorry. They may say this is just something that happens. They may go so far as to say the loss of your child is all part of God’s plan. They won’t, however, own up to their mistakes and take responsibility for their neglect. You will likely need an attorney to help hold them accountable.
Hire a Houston Attorney Experienced in Handling Cases with Stillborn Babies due to Medical Malpractice
Chelsie King Garza is a mother of two. She knows what it means to give birth to a child. She also knows what it is to lose a pregnancy. She is here to listen and discuss your legal options. Contact her today should you believe your child was lost due to medical malpractice.