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Multiple Birth/Multiple Gestations and Risk of Injuries

twinTwins and multiple births are inherently riskier than single births. A variety of complications may arise that could lead to birth injuries. In some cases, these injuries are caused by medical negligence. If you suspect that your children or you were injured by a physician’s carelessness, we can help. At Arfaa Law Group, our Baltimore medical malpractice attorneys can assess the merits of your case and determine the viability of your claim.

There are a number of complications that may arise when a woman is carrying multiple children, including pre-term labor, umbilical cord prolapse, facial nerve injuries, brachial plexus injuries, placenta previa, preeclampsia, post-partum hemorrhage, congenital abnormalities, or twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome. These complications can have a number of causes, including medical negligence.

When a woman carrying more than one baby experiences medical complications, it is not necessarily because of medical malpractice. Some birth injuries may be unavoidable, no matter how much care the physician takes. Instead, medical malpractice claims intend to hold medical professionals accountable for negligent conduct. As a result, medical malpractice occurs when a physician fails to exercise the level of care that another reasonably prudent physician in the same specialty would have exercised in the same or similar circumstances, thereby causing harm to the patient. For example, a physician may be liable for a birth injury if that injury was caused by the improper usage of a vacuum extractor or forceps. This is because a reasonably prudent physician would know how to use a vacuum extractor or forceps properly in order not to cause harm to the baby.

In order to establish medical malpractice, the plaintiff must demonstrate the following elements. The patient was owed a duty of care by the medical professional, the medical professional breached the duty of care owed to the patient, and the patient suffered an injury or death as a direct result of the medical professional’s breach.

If your baby was injured during a multiple birth delivery, you may be entitled to financial compensation if the injury was caused by medical malpractice. Under Maryland law, victims of medical malpractice can seek both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages include things like medical expenses, lost income, rehabilitation costs, and therapy costs. Non-economic damages include things like pain and suffering, disfigurement, and other damages that are harder to quantify in a dollar amount. It is important to note that Maryland imposes a cap on non-economic damages. This amount changes every year, and your lawyer can help you determine the cap for your case.

If proper care is not taken, twin and multiple births may lead to a number of birth injuries. If you or your children have been harmed due to a negligent medical professional, we can help. At Arfaa Law Group, our seasoned Baltimore birth injury attorneys can help you determine whether or not you have a case. You can trust that we are here to answer your questions and address your concerns. To learn more about your rights and options, call 410-889-1850 or contact us online.

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