Pregnancy and Birth Injuries Lawyers in Rhode Island
The last thing that any new parents want to hear is that there have been complications with their child’s birth. While there are sometimes routine complications that do not deviate from the traditional standard of care when it comes to medical procedures regarding pregnancy and giving birth, there are also serious mistakes made that can have devastating effects and sometimes warrant legal action.
At Dana & Dana, you can rest assured that we will work to mitigate any physical and/or emotional impacts that you have experienced as the result of a pregnancy or birth injury via legal action. Contact us to find out more about your legal rights if you have been the victim of this type of medical negligence. We’ve helped many clients in the East Providence and surrounding areas in Rhode Island obtain financial compensation and peace of mind for claims related to their injuries and medical malpractice.
Pregnancy related legal claims in Rhode Island
Medical negligence typically covers any care that falls below the accepted standard of care in that particular area of medicine. Proper prenatal care is of the utmost importance during pregnancy, and those who do receive it run the risk of experiencing pregnancy-related complications, particularly if a problem goes undetected.
Your doctor should conduct routine testing to ensure that you remain in good health and if you suffer from a particular condition (such as diabetes), it is your doctor’s responsibility to ensure that your pregnancy is more closely monitored. This is especially the case if you are on any particular medicines or have any particular habits (such as smoking) that could affect the fetus. A failure to do sufficient pre-natal testing and diagnose/treat for a birth complication can constitute medical negligence.
Depending upon your family history, genetic testing may also be important to do. Doctors are responsible not only for attending to the safety of the mother and child during the birth process, but can also be held responsible for failing to detect certain birth injuries that could have led to the parents choosing to end a pregnancy if they had been properly informed about the defects. Some of these claims are related to negligent genetic testing or failure to detect certain impairments in the early stages of pregnancy. Damages related to these claims can also cover any particular medical or educational needs of the child related to their impairment(s).
Birth injury claims in Rhode island
Birth injuries can end up having catastrophic and permanent effects on families, particularly if a child then requires life-long services such as physical therapy, medical attention, and special education services. If medical negligence caused the birth injuries, families will typically need to seek financial compensation so that they can afford specialized services for their child’s life, as well as any pain and suffering that has resulted from the birth injuries.
Doctors are responsible for following certain medical guidelines when it comes to the birth process. This relates not only to the safety of the mother and child, but failing to detect certain birth injuries that could have led to the parents choosing to end a pregnancy if they had been properly informed about the defects. Some of these mistakes have traditionally involved:
- The mother losing too much blood during delivery;
- The baby’s oxygen levels not being properly monitored (potentially leading to Hypoxia);
- A doctor prematurely delivering a baby who then suffers brain damage;
- Improperly using of a vacuum extraction and/or forceps that lead to injury or death; and
- Failing to order a timely Cesarean Section; amongst others.
Time restrictions for filing legal claims in Rhode Island
In Rhode Island, you have three years within the date of when the injury took place or should have been reasonably discovered to file a birth injury case. In the case of an infant’s wrongful death, it is three years from when the infant passed.
Filing and evaluating your case
If you or your child has suffered from a pregnancy and/or birth injury as a result of a doctor or hospital’s negligence, you should discuss the incident with an experienced medical malpractice attorney right away. The attorneys at Dana & Dana can help; contact us today for a free consultation so that we can review your records, consult with the appropriate medical specialists, and do an evaluation of any potential damages.