A woman’s susceptibility to infections rises during pregnancy because of hormonal changes and compromised immune system function. This risk peaks immediately before and during childbirth. Your obstetrician, midwife, or other medical provider has a duty to take every possible step to prevent maternal infections and take immediate action if they notice anything amiss. If you suffered injuries from an infection during childbirth, you may have grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit.
A maternal infections birth injury lawyer from Newsome | Melton can help you hold your healthcare provider responsible and collect damages for your injuries. We offer a free case evaluation and never collect a fee until you are compensated. We want to make you our next satisfied client.
To speak with a member of our team right away, call us at 888 526-8947.
Maternal Infections During Childbirth Are Your Doctor’s Responsibility
Your medical provider has a critical duty to provide the highest level of care and prevent you from suffering infections and other complications during your pregnancy and childbirth. By failing to uphold this duty, your doctor leaves you vulnerable to a number of potential dangers, many of them with the potential to cause lasting damage to you or your child.
During pregnancy and childbirth, women are susceptible to infections such as:
- Urinary tract infections
- Postpartum infection
Some of these infections have the ability to spread to the baby as well, potentially causing long-term injury, disability, and even death.
It is your doctor’s responsibility to educate you and make you aware of the increased risk of infection you will face during childbirth. They should explain what you can do on your own to reduce your risk.
If you developed an infection from something a prudent medical provider should have warned you about, our medical malpractice lawyers may be able to hold them liable.
To see how a maternal infections birth injury lawyer can help you recover damages, call Newsome | Melton today at 888 526-8947.
Count on Newsome | Melton to Build a Strong Medical Malpractice Case for Maternal Infections During Birth
At Newsome | Melton, we pride ourselves on our success rate with clients who suffered or whose babies suffered injuries during childbirth. We can hold your medical provider (or a member of their staff) liable and help you recover compensation you deserve.
A successful birth injury medical malpractice case has four essential elements. Our maternal infections birth injury lawyer must prove all of these statements are true:
- Your medical provider owed you and your child a duty of care
- Your medical provider did not uphold their duty of care
- You or your child suffered a preventable injury
- Your or your child’s injury caused you to incur economic or noneconomic damages
Your Medical Provider Owed a Duty of Care
We must first show that your medical provider owed you and your child a duty of care. As long as you had an active doctor-patient relationship at the time of the injury, such as during prenatal care or childbirth, the duty is implied. All doctors must uphold a certain standard of care. This duty extends to nurses, physician’s assistants, lab technicians, and any other healthcare provider involved in your care.
Your Doctor Did Not Uphold The Standard of Care
We must now demonstrate that the responsible party failed to uphold their duty of care. We show this by establishing that a reasonable person in the same situation would have exercised more diligence and would most likely have produced a better outcome.
How do we establish what a reasonable person has done? In most cases, we bring in medical experts to play this role. The expert can review the evidence and testify as to how they would have acted differently than your healthcare provider.
You or Your Child Suffered Injuries
Next, we must link your healthcare provider’s mistakes to the injuries suffered by you or your child. The cause-and-effect relationship needs to be clear and compelling. To make sure this is the case, we present overwhelming evidence. This evidence could include your medical records, any lab tests, statements from other physicians who treated you after you gave birth, and expert witness testimony.
You Incurred Economic or Noneconomic Damages
The final thing we must show is that you incurred damages because of your or your child’s injury. These damages can be economic (e.g., medical bills and lost earnings) or noneconomic (e.g., pain and suffering and inconvenience).
Call today to discuss your situation with a member of our team for free: 888 526-8947.
The Statute of Limitations on Maternal Infections Birth Injury Lawsuits
If you suffered a maternal infection before, during, or immediately after childbirth, you have a deadline to take legal action. Depending on the state you live in, the statute of limitations could be as short as one year — and the clock begins to tick on the date of your injury.
Even if you are not sure if you have a strong case, it is better to contact an attorney and take action in order to preserve your right to collect damages rather than let the statute expire and lose the opportunity. Newsome | Melton can take quick action on your behalf.