Giving birth is one of the most exciting events in a mother’s life. Parents prepare for the big day when their new baby is born, and they hope and pray for a healthy baby. Sometimes babies are born with medical problems that don’t match their parents’ expectations. Sometimes it is because the baby is born with an undiagnosed birth defect. Sometimes, however, the baby is a victim of a birth injury that occurs during labor and delivery.
At Thomas & Wan, our lawyers have represented many Texas families who have suffered injuries to their baby as a result of gross negligence and malpractice. We are very familiar with the medicine, the law and the policies of hospitals all across Texas concerning the need for monitoring and possible emergency delivery of laboring moms to prevent injuries to babies. Many times these injuries are preventable if hospitals only ensured that safety policies were followed by their labor nurses, midwives and doctors or ensured that competent and trained nurses were present. Hospitals, doctors, midwives, nurses and medical staff are responsible for making sure a baby is delivered into the world as healthy and as safely as possible and without injuries caused by medical malpractice. When hospitals know that they don’t have trained nurses or midwives or that policies aren’t being followed, this conscious indifference can set up a laboring mom for a tragic outcome—a serious, preventable injury to her baby.