Representation For Victims of Malpractice Involving Stillbirth
Skilled medical malpractice attorneys helping parents get justice in Washington D.C. and Maryland
While a mother’s health is extremely important during pregnancy, the fetus developing inside of her is even more fragile. During both the prenatal and labor and delivery stages, the actions of the physician and medical staff can mean the difference between a healthy infant and a tragic stillbirth. If your obstetrician and support staff failed to meet a reasonable duty of care, of Schochor and Staton, P.A. are highly capable of providing you with the trustworthy representation your case deserves.
What are the causes of stillbirth?
Stillbirths occur when a baby is delivered with no signs of life. It differs from a miscarriage in that the mother carries the baby for at least 20 weeks of gestation. Some of the most common causes of a stillbirth include:
- Umbilical cord complications
- Infection to the mother or fetus
- Maternal hypertension
- Maternal diabetes
- Multiple gestation
- Fetal genetic abnormalities
- Failure to timely deliver
In many cases, stillbirth is preventable with adequate medical care and preventative treatment. Physicians should be able to identify risk factors through prenatal examinations and regular testing. Failure to reasonably diagnose and treat these risk factors or deliver your baby on time can result in liability on the part of the doctor, hospital, nurse, or other health care professional. Compensation may be available for the families of stillborn infants.
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