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Standard of care and childbirth

The effects of a medical professional's errors can have a profound impact on anyone's life, regardless of their age. However, errors made during the process of childbirth could have lasting effects on the mother, her child, or both for the remainders of their lives.

Despite being relatively rare, childbirth-related errors can and do happen. Because of the potential for such severe and lasting damage in such a delicate situation, it is important to be aware of the common types of issues. If an error is made and it goes unnoticed, it is possible that the chances of bringing forth a solid medical malpractice claim in the future may be reduced.

But, before discussing common types of issues it is important to understand the concept of "standard of care."

Standard of Care

Every medical professional is required to meet many standards in their careers, e.g. proper education, continuing education, etc. When it comes to actually practicing medicine, one of the single most important standards is a legal standard known as the standard of care.

The standard of care is the level of skill and care that the average medical profession in any particular field should be able to meet. This includes making medical decisions based on knowledge of the relevant information that is available to a professional in their field. The moment at which a medical provider does not meet the standard of care is the moment when they can potentially be found liable for medical malpractice.

Types of childbirth issues

There are many types of childbirth-related issues, but they can generally be separated in the categories of injuries to the mother and injuries to the child.

· Injuries to the mother - There are many potential mistakes that could be made that would result in injury to a mother. An example is the failure of a medical professional to notice the symptom(s) of an issue that later harmed the mother during childbirth or directly led to her injury.

· Injury to the child - Just as with the mother, there are many possibilities. An example would be a caregiver misusing a medical device and that misuse resulting in brain damage to the child or complication in childbirth that led to injury.

Because there are so many potential issues that could arise, extra attention should be paid to anything that could be unusual. If issues do arise, it is highly suggested that parents obtain the services of an experienced and knowledgeable legal professional to assist them as they go about getting an appropriate form of justice.

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