A breech birth can cause complications that lead to birth injury or trauma. A doctor’s or hospital staff’s failure to diagnose and/or address a breech birth may indicate negligence. If you believe a doctor’s mistake led to your child’s injuries, you may be able to hold the negligent parties liable for their actions.
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What is breech birth, and what are the most typical complications?
Typically, a baby will move into a headfirst position at about the 36-week mark. Many medical professionals and authorities consider this the safest position for delivery. A breech birth occurs when a baby enters the birth canal in the feet-first position.
There are three common types of breech position.
They are as follows:
- footling breech – occurs when one or both of the baby’s legs are positioned to emerge first during delivery;
- frank breech – the most commonly seen breeched position involves the baby’s rear in a position to emerge first during delivery (the legs are usually positioned up the front of the body, with feet near the head); and
- complete breech – occurs when the baby’s knees are bent and the feet are close to the rear, which is positioned to emerge first from the birth canal.
Any of these types of breech birth can put a child at risk for serious injury. An abnormal birth position can cause birth complications, such as a compression of the umbilical cord and resultant brain damage. Other possible complications include spinal cord or nerve damage.
An attorney at Chalik & Chalik can examine the facts of your case and collaborate with medical experts to determine whether a breeched position was a contributing factor in your child’s birth injury and whether medical negligence played a role.
Who is liable for a breech birth and related injury?
While a medical professional may not cause a breech birth, there are many diagnostic tools available to anticipate a breech birth safely. In some cases, a doctor may be able to turn a baby safely prior to labor or delivery. In other cases, a doctor may call for a caesarian section as opposed to vaginal delivery. An obstetrician’s failure to diagnose and address a breech birth may signify negligence. Hospital and nursing staffs also may play a role in medical malpractice.
Our Florida birth injury attorneys can conduct thorough investigations and secure testimony from medical experts regarding whether a medical professional acted beyond a reasonable standard of care. We help our clients hold negligent parties liable for their actions or inaction that may have contributed to the child’s condition.