In 2018, CNBC reported that medical errors account for the third-largest amount of deaths, with only heart disease and cancer taking more lives. Furthermore, the news agency stated that, according to various studies, the number of individuals who perish from healthcare mistakes each year may range anywhere from 250,000 to 400,000.
Medical negligence is a form of medical malpractice that may occur during and after birth, potentially resulting in severe consequences for the newborn baby.
What actions constitute medical negligence after birth?
Failing to properly monitor the infant’s oxygen level or properly cut off blood loss are examples of medical negligence after delivery. Not seeing if the mother and baby have blood incompatibility also falls under this category. Essentially, not performing any expected task needed for guaranteeing health may constitute medical negligence, including medication errors, not examining the newborn for jaundice, not monitoring vital signs closely, not administering proper care and not noticing or ignoring the baby or mother’s distress.
What problems may arise because of medical negligence?
Many short- and long-term consequences may result from negligence. This includes hematomas, nerve damage, fractures, infections, brain damage and worse. Other effects may manifest years later, such as behavioral problems, learning disabilities, difficulty with motor functions, deafness, blindness and sensory processing disorders.
What signs indicate the occurrence of medical negligence?
Some physical indicators that an infant suffered birth injuries from medical negligence are pale or blue skin, unusual stiffness, floppiness or lethargy and odd bodily movements.
Parents whose babies sustained birth injuries as a result of medical negligence may have legal recourse to obtain compensation.