There are two main types of injuries that may occur to newborn babies during the birthing process; injuries from a lack of oxygen to the brain and injuries from trauma.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) July 19, 2012
Dr. Bruce Fagel, whose article, “Medical malpractice settlements: who benefits?” published in the Daily Journal, June 8, 2012, and who recently spoke at the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, 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.
Dr. Fagel spoke about how medical malpractice can be responsible for a birth injury. “A lack of oxygen to the brain of a baby before, during, or immediately following birth is known as birth asphyxia or hypoxia. If hypoxia is not detected and treated promptly, it can lead to permanent and severe damage to the baby’s brain, heart, lungs, kidneys, and other vital organs.” Dr. Fagel further remarked, “Doctors and nurses can monitor the condition of the baby using a fetal heart rate monitor which shows the baby’s heart rate during labor. If something causes a reduction of oxygen or blood flow to the baby’s brain, the fetal heart rate monitor can detect there is a problem. However, when the medical staff fails to pay attention to the warning signs of the fetal heart rate monitor, misinterprets the data, or does not respond quickly enough to correct the problem the baby can suffer serious brain injuries. These injuries can result in a variety of disorders including cerebral palsy, development delays, even death.”
Dr. Fagel discussed another type of birth injury caused by medical malpractice. “Traumatic brain injuries to a baby will usually occur during a difficult vaginal delivery such as when the baby is too large to exit the birth canal naturally and the doctor improperly uses the forceps or vacuum to help the baby’s head exit the birth canal. When a doctor improperly uses these instruments to help extract the baby, the results can be trauma to the brain or damage to the nerves, causing a number of injuries including paralysis, cerebral palsy, or developmental disabilities,” explains Bruce Fagel. One difficult fact for the parents whose children suffer a birth injury from medical malpractice must grasp is these mistakes could have been prevented. In the situation involving a traumatic brain injury from a difficult instrumental delivery, a cesarean section likely could have prevented the injuries from occurring in the first place.
In the June 8th Daily Journal article, “Medical malpractice settlements: who benefits?” Dr. Fagel explains how parents have to place their trust in their doctors and hospitals and hope they do the right thing regarding the safe delivery of their children. “Most patients have no choice other than placing their trust in the hope that any hospital they enter will have a competent medical staff. Individual patients have little access to any detailed information about the medical malpractice history of any physician they may have to use for their care in a hospital.” It’s only after a serious birth injury occurs to the baby when Dr. Fagel and his law firm can provide the parents with the help and answers they need to cope with a difficult situation.
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.