Kentucky Labor and Delivery Negligence Attorneys
Legal help in Lexington & Louisville when malpractice occurs in the delivery room
Labor, delivery, and childbirth is meant to be a joyful and exciting time. However, it is still a physical process that should proceed under the care of a medical professional to ensure the safety of both mother and baby. When obstetricians and other medical staff make careless or negligent errors during the birth process, both mother and baby’s health are at risk.
The Kentucky attorneys at Wilt & Associates, PLLC understand that, after an injury or accident during labor and delivery, your family wants answers. We want to help. If you or your baby suffered injury due to labor and delivery negligence, our medical malpractice lawyers have the experience and resources to help. Let us work to secure the compensation to which you are entitled while you take the time you need to recover with your family. Contact us in Lexington or Louisville today.
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- What types of injuries can a mother sustain during childbirth?
- What types of injuries can an infant suffer during labor and delivery?
- What is an epidural error?
- Can I sue for Kentucky labor and delivery negligence?
- How long do I have to file a Kentucky labor and delivery negligence claim?
- Do you have a labor and delivery negligence attorney near me?
What types of injuries can a mother sustain during childbirth?
Maternal birth injuries are far more common than they should be. When they are caused by the irresponsible actions of a healthcare provider, you may be eligible to file a Kentucky personal injury claim. There are many different types of injuries that women can sustain during pregnancy, labor, and delivery. Some of the most frequent maternal birth injuries include:
- Uterine rupture
- Epidural errors
- Uterine prolapse
- Vaginal tearing during childbirth
- Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH)
- Postnatal traumatic stress disorder
- Postpartum depression
These are just a few of the different conditions that mothers could experience if their healthcare providers fail to monitor their health and properly treat these conditions in the event they occur. If these or any other injuries happened to you during labor and delivery, talk to the Kentucky attorneys at Wilt & Associates – we can help determine if you have grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit.
What types of injuries can an infant suffer during labor and delivery?
Also called a birth injury, infants can experience all sorts of trauma during labor and delivery. Sometimes birth trauma is unavoidable, but often it occurs due to medical negligence. Whether a medical professional uses birthing tools improperly, fails to order a timely C-section, or fails to monitor a baby’s vital signs, infants can also sustain a variety of serious birth injuries:
- Nerve damage, including brachial plexus injuries and Erb’s palsy
- Cerebral palsy
- Fractured bones
- Brain damage
- Bruising or bleeding under the scalp
Some infants may die from their injuries. In cases like these, the compassionate Kentucky attorneys at Wilt & Associates can file a wrongful death claim on behalf of the family to help provide justice and closure.
What is an epidural error?
One common example of labor and delivery negligence that can result in harm to both mother and baby is an epidural error. Epidurals are injections given in the back for pain relief during labor and childbirth. However, anesthesiologists can commit malpractice if they breach their duty of care and injure a patient. Examples of epidural errors during labor and delivery include:
- Failing to adequately review medical records, drug interactions and allergies
- Administering the incorrect dosage
- Delaying administration of anesthesia
- Improperly positioning the patient
- Inserting the needle incorrectly
Epidural errors can cut off oxygen supply to a baby’s brain, causing serious and sometimes even fatal mistakes. Examples of anesthetic injuries to the child include:
- Brain damage
- Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)
- Cerebral palsy
- Erb’s palsy
- Heart attack
Mothers can also sustain serious injuries, including cardiac arrest, paralysis, seizures and death. However, even if the mother does not sustain any physical injuries, the procedure may leave them with emotional injuries like post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD), which are also compensable.
Can I sue for Kentucky labor and delivery negligence?
Generally you can, but it is advisable to talk to an attorney first. Filing a medical malpractice lawsuit for labor and delivery negligence may be an option if your healthcare provider failed to uphold what’s called a standard of care. This means that if your obstetrician or other healthcare professional made a mistake that another physician of similar education, training, and experience would not have made, the standard of care has been breached.
Failure to diagnose, misdiagnosis, failure to treat, and other common medical errors could all be seen in birth injury claims, so our Kentucky attorneys can take a closer look at the details of your case to determine whether pursuing a birth injury claim is in your best interests.
How long do I have to file a Kentucky labor and delivery negligence claim?
The statute of limitations for medical malpractice claims in Kentucky gives injured patients one year from the date they knew, or should have reasonably known, that a doctor caused their injury. They may also file a lawsuit within one year of the last date they were treated by the provider. If the patient is no longer living, the clock begins one year after the appointment of a personal representative to the deceased’s estate.
Do you have a labor and delivery negligence attorney near me?
Wilt & Associates has offices in Louisville and Lexington:
If you are too injured or ill to travel to us, we can arrange a phone or video conference. We also make hospital visits when necessary.
Local Louisville and Lexington labor and delivery negligence lawyers on your side
If you or your baby were injured or harmed during labor or delivery, you need experienced attorneys on your side. At Wilt & Associates, our Kentucky lawyers work efficiently and take proactive steps to meet all deadlines and file all documents to help you secure compensation and justice. We understand the pain you are going through and want to help you and your family. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation, call 502-253-9110 or fill out our contact form today. We maintain offices in Lexington and Louisville, and proudly serve clients throughout Kentucky.