When you go into labor, you automatically place your life, and that of your child, into the hands of trusted medical professionals. While you are focused on delivering a healthy baby, you are not anticipating all the things that can go wrong.
Postpartum negligence is a category of medical malpractice that occurs when a hospital, doctor, or other healthcare professional violates the standard of care, causing injury to you or your newborn. While there are a number of potential injuries that can occur, some of the more common claims involve:
- Improper medication or dosing
- Anesthesia errors
- Failure to diagnose and respond to hemorrhage, infection, or blood pressure changes
- Failure to diagnose and respond to postpartum preeclampsia
- Missteps in transferring a mother or her infant within the hospital
Under the worst circumstances, the mother or the child could die as a result of postpartum negligence.
Why you want an experienced Georgia medical negligence lawyer on your side
You may not realize right away that you have been the victim of postpartum negligence. Your healthcare provider, however, should recognize signs of potential complications, and resolve them before they reach the point of serious injuries or permanent harm. If he or she does not, you may be entitled to damages. To seek those damages, you need to work with an attorney who has experience in medical malpractice and birth injury claims.
Georgia law provides a limited amount of time to file a medical negligence claim, so it is in your best interest to seek advice quickly. Your attorney will gather the necessary information and medical records so that a qualified medical expert can evaluate your claim. Your attorney will ensure that progress is not stalled and that important deadlines are not missed that could destroy your claim. Remember that the healthcare industry is in the business of making money rather than paying it out; they know the tactics to best minimize what you may be entitled to receive. This makes it all the more important to hire an attorney to handle a postpartum negligence claim.
If you or your newborn have experienced an unexpected medical injury related to childbirth, you may be entitled to damages. You need the help of an attorney to investigate your claim, and protect your rights. The postpartum negligence lawyers or of Harris Lowry Manton LLP are ready to help you and your family through a difficult process. To schedule a free case evaluation call our Atlanta office at 404-998-8847, our Savannah office at 912-417-3774, or tell us your story through our contact page.