Infection at Birth
Infection at birth, if not treated early, may result in serious complications that affect the kidneys, lungs, brain, hearing, vision, and even death. Infants up to age three months are most susceptible to infection due to an underdeveloped immune system. Premature babies receiving neonatal care are at an even higher risk due to their need to undergo intensive procedures.
A baby can contract an infection during pregnancy, from the mother’s genital tract during labor and delivery or after birth from contact with others; however, medical staff members are trained to detect, treat and prevent infection at all stages of pregnancy, labor and delivery. When an untreated infection occurs, this is often caused by medical malpractice.
Examples of medical malpractice that can lead to infection-related birth injury include:
- Failure to provide appropriate prenatal care and interventions during labor and delivery
- Failure to diagnose and treat infection in the mother
- Failure to rapidly diagnose and treat preterm labor
- Failure to respond appropriately to bleeding
- Negligent management of labor and delivery
- Failure to appropriately respond and intervene to non-reassuring fetal heart monitor changes and evidence of fetal distress
If the medical staff failed to provide adequate prenatal and postnatal care, you may have a case for medical malpractice. Our birth injury attorneys at Pope & Howard, P.C. have years of experience investigating these types of cases, and know how to fight for the compensation you and your child deserve.