Can doctors be responsible for injuries to a mother in labor?

With updated technology, a woman’s pregnancy can be closely monitored to determine how the baby is doing in the womb. This can be beneficial to catch any signs of underdevelopment or any other red flags that can appear. Before labor occurs, mothers can be aware of any pre-existing conditions that they may have or that their babies have that can cause a difficult labor process for either of them. Doctors can monitor these mothers and babies to ensure no harm comes to either of them during childbirth. However, some doctors prove to be negligent during this process and may not act accordingly. They may not perform up to the standard that is expected of them to prevent any injuries from occurring. Although mistakes can happen in labor, it is negligence on behalf of the doctor that can be more influential. When a doctor is negligent, they should be held accountable for medical malpractice. There are many injuries during labor that can be caused by medical malpractice where negligence has played a role. These injuries can affect not only the newborn, but the mother in labor as well.

What injuries can mothers suffer from?

A doctor’s negligence can cause various injuries to a mother that is giving birth to a newborn. During this process, the mother needs to be monitored just as closely as the newborn. This may be able to prevent any incidents from occurring. Uterine infection is a condition that can put a mother in danger throughout labor. This may be caused by an obstetrician’s manipulation of the cervix late in pregnancy, which can then allow bacteria to enter into the body and cause problems for the mother. Failure to perform a cervical culture can also be considered negligent behavior since it has the power to rule out a certain infection in the baby.

Before mothers begin childbirth, doctors prepare themselves for any conditions they may have going into labor. They need to understand if there are pre-existing conditions that may compromise the labor process. Negligence by a healthcare professional can cause them to miss signs of placenta previa or acretia, which can put the baby and mother at risk in labor.

The experienced personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Trombly & Singer, PLLC are prepared to represent clients facing legal matters after being injured due to another person’s negligence. If you require strong legal representation in Washington D.C. or Maryland, contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.