As a fetus reaches term (40 weeks gestation), there is limited room in the uterus (womb). Most babies (97%) settle into the birth canal head down, which is known as a cephalic presentation. However, some babies settle in buttocks or feet first, which is known as a breech presentation. There are three different types of breech presentation, including:
- frank breech (buttocks first with feet up by head);
- complete breech (buttocks first with legs Indian-style); and
- footling breech (one or both feet first).
Where a baby presents shoulder or arm first, this is known as a transverse presentation. A doctor, such as an OBGYN, should be able to determine whether a baby is presenting in a conventional or abnormal manner by utilizing an ultrasound.
Where a doctor fails to take the appropriate precautions to prevent or fails to act properly in response to a breech or transverse baby, and a baby is injured, the doctor may be liable for medical malpractice.
The trial lawyers at Bottar Leone, PLLC, have decades of experience investigating, prosecuting and trying to verdict medical malpractice and birth injury cases. If you or your baby have been injured due to medical malpractice, you, your child and your family may be entitled to compensation for lifelong health care, medical expenses, special education, medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering.
To discuss your case or concerns with an experienced Central New York medical malpractice and birth injury attorney, contact us now at (315) 422-3466, (800) 336-LAWS, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.