Giving birth should be a beautiful experience that allows a new life to enter the world safely. At the same time, the labor process requires expert medical attention and can be life-threatening to both the baby and the child. If you have recently given birth and experienced complications, you may have felt that this has affected the relationship with your child.
If you were psychologically affected by the birthing experience, it is possible that you are suffering from postpartum Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD can include feelings of constant anxiety, depression, and panic attacks caused by certain experiences that you associate with the traumatic event.
Sadly, it has been reported that around 9% of mothers experience postpartum PTSD. In many cases, this is caused by medical malpractice, and if you can prove that this is the case, you may be able to make a legal claim.
How can postpartum PTSD affect me?
PTSD creates a mental state of fear often driven by the wish to avoid another traumatic event. Therefore, new mothers may be constantly worried about their child being in danger. They may be unable to sleep at night because they want to monitor their baby constantly. They may also feel so overwhelmed with stress that they are unable to bond with their child.
What types of events can cause postpartum PTSD?
Postpartum PTSD can be caused by medical emergencies during childbirth. For example, a new mother may have felt overwhelmed by the need to have an unplanned C-section. They may also have felt powerless in their pain and believed that medical professionals were not supportive or reassuring. Birth injuries and conditions such as preeclampsia can also lead to traumatic experiences.
How can I make a medical malpractice claim?
In order to successfully make a medical malpractice claim in Kentucky, you must be able to show that a medical professional failed in their duty toward you and your child through negligence. You should also be able to show that you suffered physical or psychological damages as a result.
If you believe you are suffering from postpartum PTSD, it is important to seek medical attention. You should also consider making a medical malpractice claim to hold the liable party responsible for their actions. Speak with the Covington birth injury attorneys at The Lawrence Firm, PSC right away.