During pregnancy, protecting the health and integrity of the umbilical cord is essential to protecting the fetus in the womb. When issues with the umbilical cord occur during pregnancy, the consequences can be significant, and prompt medical intervention will often be necessary.
The umbilical cord itself is fairly simple. It consists of two arteries and one vein that are protected by a substance known as Wharton’s jelly. However, despite its simplicity, the umbilical cord serves an essential purpose as the fetus’s lifeline, and various types of issues can lead to serious complications during pregnancy. If you’ve experienced any complications during pregnancy related to umbilical cord issues, seek immediate help from a knowledgeable Connecticut umbilical cord issues lawyer at Berkowitz Hanna.
Umbilical cord issues range from those involving malformation of the umbilical cord itself to issues with the umbilical cord’s positioning in the womb. During pregnancy, the mother’s doctor should monitor for signs of umbilical cord issues and should intervene with appropriate medical treatment as necessary. Some examples of umbilical cord issues that can generally be prevented or remedied with appropriate medical treatment include:
With today’s medical knowledge and technology, most complications from umbilical cord issues can be prevented. From diagnosing risks for umbilical cord issues in the early stages of pregnancy (and prior to pregnancy when possible) to performing ultrasounds and other tests to identify issues that need to be addressed prior to delivery, doctors can (and should) protect against complications from umbilical cord issues in most cases.
Unfortunately, this does not always happen. From rushing patient visits to overlooking potential diagnoses, various types of medical mistakes lead to unnecessary complications from umbilical cord issues – and this happens far too often. When doctors fail to diagnose and treat umbilical cord issues, the consequences can be severe, and they can (and should) be held accountable for malpractice.
Some examples of potential malpractice claims related to umbilical cord issues during pregnancy include:
Whether your child has suffered complications due to funisitis, umbilical cord compression or prolapse, or any other umbilical cord issue, you should speak with a lawyer to determine if your family has a claim for medical malpractice. As discussed above, medical malpractice can take many different forms, and, unfortunately, medical mistakes during pregnancy are far more common than they should be.
To prove your family’s legal rights, our Connecticut umbilical cord issues attorneys will examine all aspects of your provider’s care, consult with trusted medical experts, and evaluate your diagnosis and treatment in light of Connecticut’s standard of care. We will also conduct a detailed assessment of the past, current, and future costs of your provider’s mistake. We can then file a claim with your provider’s medical malpractice insurance company to recover the financial compensation you and your family deserve.
We have decades of experience helping parents recover financial compensation for complications from umbilical cord issues and other consequences of medical malpractice. Schedule a free consultation with a Connecticut umbilical cord issues lawyer at Berkowitz Hanna to learn more about your family’s legal rights.
If your child has experienced complications as the result of an umbilical cord issue during pregnancy, we encourage you to speak with a Connecticut umbilical cord issues lawyer about your legal rights. For a free, no-obligation consultation, call or get in touch with us online today.