If you are preparing to give birth for the first time, chances are you have done your research to find a health care provider and hospital in New York that you are comfortable with. Equally as important is taking the time to get acquainted with the process of childbirth and the kinds of risks that are an inherent part of having a baby. Because birthing is such a significant event, your body is required to undergo intensive labor to get your baby here safely. Your awareness of what is and is not normal in the weeks following childbirth is important so you can recognize if you have been injured during the process.
When soon-to-be parents arrive at a New York hospital full of anticipation and nervous excitement for the arrival of their new baby, they are often consumed by thoughts of how their lives are about to change. They place an incredible amount of trust in their doctor and the hospital staff to facilitate the baby's arrival through a safe and efficient delivery. However, poor execution, carelessness and bad judgment can all be contributing factors that put any baby at risk of suffering a birth injury.
You may have heard about how the rates of Cesarean section deliveries are increasing, and some people criticize doctors for pressuring women to take this route when it is unnecessary. On the other hand, you know that many mothers and babies in New York would not have survived were it not for this procedure.
A common thought amongst many people in New York City may be that the advances witnessed in medical science in recent years have removed all of the risks typically associated with pregnancy. However, the complexities of the human body (along with external factors that can influence prenatal growth and development) sometimes ensure that a woman's pregnancy may be difficult regardless of any intervention. Such cases are defined as "high-risk pregnancies."
If you were asked to imagine the worst possible scenario you could face shortly after having had your baby delivered in a Queens hospital, seeing your baby dropped would likely be at the top of the list. Yet with all of the care and delicacy you, your spouse and hospital staff members know that babies require, how could something like this happen? We at Futterman, Sirotkin & Seinfeld, LLP are here to tell you that such accidents are more common than you may think. The question of liability in such an accident may come down to the nature in which it occurred.
For families that are expecting in New York City (particularly those couples set to become first-time parents), the final few weeks of pregnancy can be filled with excitement. All of those involved look forward to that moment when they realize that it is time to go to the hospital to have their babies. Perhaps that is why few things are more disheartening than making such a visit, only to be then sent home. False labor is common in pregnancy. However, if a woman is sent home when her labor is truly progressing, every minute she and her baby are not being monitored could increase the risk of complications. So when should one be sent home for false labor?
If you have recently discovered that you are expecting, then right now you are probably neck-deep in information about choosing the best healthcare provider in Queens to help see you through your pregnancy. More and more women in recent years have found those to be midwives. Indeed, information shared by The Atlantic shows that in 2013, midwives were the lead providers in 9 percent of the births that occurred in the U.S. Statistics such as this one as well as opinions that others have shared with you have likely got you thinking whether you should select a midwife to help deliver your baby.
Those in Queens that are planning on bringing a medical malpractice lawsuit against providers that they believe were negligent in their delivery of care may be in for a long legal battle. Doctors, hospitals and healthcare organizations rely on their reputations, which is why it may seem to some that they are unwilling to admit when they make mistakes. Plus, such parties typically have the knowledge and resources to argue their points out for as long they think they need to. However, this should not deter those who allegedly suffered at their hands from trying to hold them responsible.
Alternative birthing methods have become increasingly popular in recent years both in New York City and throughout the rest of the U.S. In many cases, couples opt to go with midwives to handle these deliveries as opposed to a doctor. These specialty providers will often deliver babies in hospitals, private clinics or even in people's homes. They are trained specifically in birthing techniques and, while they are required to be licensed, may not be subject to the same standards and scrutiny that traditional providers are. Sadly, when complications do occur in the pregnancies they manage, the outcomes can often be devastating to both mothers and babies.
Like all expectant parents in New York City, your greatest hope is that your unborn child is healthy and progressing in his or her development. To discover that not to be the case at his or her birth can be a devastating shock. Children born with birth defects will often require lifelong care that can exact a heavy financial and emotional toll. Today's technology allows doctors to spot potential birth defects before a baby is even born. The discovery of such defects may determine how you choose to handle your pregnancy. Yet we here at Futterman, Sirotkin and Seinfeld, LLP are often asked if legal recourse is available in cases where the technology used to uncover such issues goes unutilized.