Medical professionals have a duty to properly care for the mother and baby during pregnancy, labor, delivery, and at birth. When doctors and nurses violate that duty through negligence, inattentiveness, or poor decisions, they endanger their patients’ lives.

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Detroit Fatal Birth Injury Attorney

Every day in the United States, 360,000 babies are delivered naturally or by cesarean section. Neonatal deaths (those within the first 28 days of life) are rare, occurring in less than one percent of babies. When that tragedy happens before or soon after delivery, parents want to know “why.”

Often birth injuries and infant deaths happen with no one at fault. In other instances, injuries and deaths are preventable, and the carelessness or neglect of an obstetrician, anesthesiologist, nurse, midwife, or hospital staff is to blame.

Medical professionals have a duty to properly care for the mother and baby during pregnancy, labor, delivery, and at birth. When doctors and nurses violate that duty through negligence, inattentiveness, or poor decisions, they endanger their patients’ lives.

Fatal birth injuries are commonly caused by:

  • Oxygen deprivation
  • Reduced blood flow
  • Bleeding during pregnancy
  • Delayed delivery
  • Blunt force trauma, including vigorous use of forceps
  • Lack of fetal monitoring
  • Infection
  • Damage to the spinal cord
  • Eclampsia
  • Placenta previa and placental abruption

Newborn Wrongful Death

A wrongful death lawsuit is a civil action against someone believed to be at fault for another’s death. The plaintiff is usually a close relative who sues on the decedent’s behalf. In the case of a fatal birth injury, the parents of the deceased baby usually bring the wrongful death action.

Birth injury lawsuits are complex and challenging. To determine if the duty of care was violated, the plaintiff must depose the doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals involved; thoroughly evaluate volumes of medical records; and engage medical experts who can define and testify about the wrongdoing.

Having attorneys and a legal team experienced in birth injury litigation is crucial to winning a wrongful infant death lawsuit.

Contact an Experienced Michigan Wrongful Death Attorney

If your baby died from a fatal birth injury, call Sommers Schwartz today. We can help you investigate the facts, determine whether a doctor or other medical professional may be liable for your child’s death, and hold them accountable.

For more than four decades, the attorneys at our law firm have fought for injured people and their families in Michigan and across the United States, and we have won millions of dollars in compensation for our clients. Contact Sommers Schwartz to learn how we can help you pursue a medical malpractice claim. Call us today at (866) 753-7774 to schedule a free consultation – the phone call is free, and there is no fee unless we win.

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