Medical Malpractice Causing a Birth Injury with a High Risk Pregnancy is Unacceptable According to Dr. Bruce Fagel
When doctors are not proactively monitoring and managing high risk pregnancies, they can be held legally responsible in the event of a birth injury or wrongful death that results from this negligence. The outcome of not properly diagnosing and treating a high risk pregnancy can be severe for both the child and the mother. Just because a woman is at a higher risk for a birth injury, this does not excuse a doctor who is negligent according to Dr. Bruce Fagel.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) November 05, 2012
Dr. Bruce Fagel who spoke at the ED/OB Beta Healthcare Group Risk Symposium October 3, 2012 and will be speaking at the American Heart Association national meeting November 5, 2012, is a leading California medical malpractice lawyer and a licensed medical doctor. His law firm, the Law Offices of Dr. Bruce G. Fagel & Associates has tried and settled more medical malpractice cases for injured patients than any other law firm in California, and has obtained over one billion dollars in verdicts and settlements for his clients.
“A high risk pregnancy places an expected mother and her baby at a higher risk of a birth injury or birth defect. Examples of high risk pregnancies include high blood pressure, preeclampsia, premature delivery, older women who are pregnant, abnormal weight of the mother or baby including if the baby is too large to fit naturally through the birth canal, multiple births, heart problems, or VBAC,” warns Dr. Fagel.
A pregnant woman with high blood pressure, including PIH or preeclampsia places both the mother and infant at risk for serious injuries. Risks to the mother include liver or kidney failure, heart problems, brain damage, or seizures. Risks to the child include a low birth weight, premature delivery, or a stillborn delivery. “One of the reasons why very high blood pressure can harm a baby, including resulting in a low birth weight is because it prevents the placenta from receiving an adequate supply of blood which deprives the infant from receiving a proper supply of oxygen and food,” states Dr. Fagel.
Women age 35 or older have an increased risk of birth injuries and birth defects such as Down syndrome, premature birth, and miscarriage. With the advances in medical technology and lifestyles of the modern generation, women are having healthy babies at a later age; it is important for older women to see their doctor's regularly for a checkup however, and doctors are legally required to notify the mother if Down syndrome is detected.
Larger sized babies present a greater challenge during labor and delivery compared to average sized babies. Babies who are excessively heavy, or what is known as macrosomia, are at a higher risk for a birth injury or an injury to the mother. Doctors can detect if a baby is excessively large and should prepare well in advance of delivery for any problems, including preparing for a cesarean section delivery if necessary.
Multiple birth pregnancy falls into a higher risk category as well. When a mother is pregnant with twins or triplets, regular prenatal visits and the monitoring of the infants is very important to the health of the babies. The doctor can perform routine tests such as non-stress tests and ultrasounds to make sure the infants are healthy.
“A premature birth places the child at a much greater risk for birth injuries and a lifetime of medical problems including developmental disabilities, respiratory problems, and cerebral palsy,” states Dr. Fagel. “The doctor should make any reasonable effort to delay the delivery in order to help the infant further develop before birth. Sometimes however, a premature delivery is necessary to prevent serious birth injuries from occurring. If a doctor fails to prepare for a high risk pregnancy and there is a birth injury as a result of this negligence, blaming the injury on the high risk pregnancy is not a valid excuse.”
About The Law Offices of Dr. Bruce G. Fagel & Associates
The Law Offices of Dr. Bruce G. Fagel & Associates specializes in medical malpractice cases involving serious injuries to patients. Cases include medical malpractice, birth injury, cerebral palsy, surgical error, brain damage, and wrongful death. Dr. Bruce Fagel has tried and settled more medical malpractice cases on behalf of injured parties than any other attorney in California, including obtaining the largest verdict in California history, $460 million dollars. The law firm has successfully obtained over one billion dollars in verdicts and settlements for their clients.
About Dr. Bruce Fagel
Dr. Bruce Fagel is a lawyer and a licensed medical doctor, specializing in medical malpractice. Dr. Fagel practiced emergency medicine for over 10 years before becoming an attorney. This background provides Dr. Fagel with the knowledge and expertise to represent his clients against negligent doctors, nurses, and hospitals.
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