still birth medical malpractice

Skilled medical malpractice attorneys helping parents get justice in Washington D.C. and Maryland

While a mother’s health is extremely important during pregnancy, the fetus developing inside of her is even more fragile. During both the prenatal and labor and delivery stages, the actions of the physician and medical staff can mean the difference between a healthy infant and a tragic stillbirth. If your obstetrician and support staff failed to meet a reasonable duty of care, of Schochor, Frederico and Staton, P.A. are highly capable of providing you with the trustworthy representation your case deserves.

What are the causes of stillbirth?

Stillbirths occur when a baby is delivered with no signs of life. It differs from a miscarriage in that the mother carries the baby for at least 20 weeks of gestation. Some of the most common causes of a stillbirth include:

  • Umbilical cord complications
  • Infection to the mother or fetus
  • Maternal hypertension
  • Maternal diabetes
  • Multiple gestation
  • Fetal genetic abnormalities
  • Failure to timely deliver

In many cases, stillbirth is preventable with adequate medical care and preventative treatment. Physicians should be able to identify risk factors through prenatal examinations and regular testing. Failure to reasonably diagnose and treat these risk factors or deliver your baby on time can result in liability on the part of the doctor, hospital, nurse, or other health care professional. Compensation may be available for the families of stillborn infants.

Experienced medical malpractice attorneys represent families in Washington D.C., Baltimore and across Maryland

When determining liability in a stillbirth malpractice case, the court often looks at the actions of the physician throughout the pregnancy, as well as the immediate time leading up to and/or during delivery. These actions are evaluated to determine whether or not the physician met a reasonable standard of care. The appropriate standard of care is often established through expert testimony. Experts may describe the actions that most physicians would have provided under the same or similar circumstances.

Once a reasonable standard of care is established, the court must then determine that the treating physician breached the standard. Some examples include:

  • Failure to identify risks
  • Failure to conduct regular screenings
  • Failure to identify umbilical cord abnormalities
  • Failure to adequately monitor the fetus during the delivery process
  • Failure to timely deliver

Award winning attorneys seek compensation for stillbirth victims in Baltimore, MD and Washington D.C.

If your pregnancy resulted in a stillbirth, contact our highly accomplished law firm with 30 years of experience. The attorneys of Schochor, Frederico and Staton, P.A. have received numerous awards and recognitions for their representation of residents in Washington D.C., Maryland, and throughout the nation. Contact the office at 410-234-1000 for a confidential consultation.