Although there are currently no reports of wrongful birth lawsuits filed in the state, one lawmaker is working to ensure one can never be filed according to the Clarion Ledger. Senator Angela Hills has filed Senate Bill 2034 and it protects any doctor from being sued in the event a child is born and a parent isn’t in agreement with their birth. Right now, if a parent decides they weren’t properly informed of their child’s disability and/or defects before they were born, they do hold the right to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against the doctor whom they believe to be negligent.
Why Would Someone File a Wrongful Birth Lawsuit?
Childbirth is one of the most remarkable things that can occur in life. While some babies come into this world healthy and free from pain, others aren’t as fortunate. Some are born with life-threatening diseases and others are born with only a few months to live. A mother carrying a baby goes through four trimesters given she carries the entire course of her pregnancy, and during this time several different screenings and tests are run to determine whether their baby may have a defect.
If a parent is informed of their child’s deformities/defects early on and chooses to terminate the pregnancy, they are permitted to do so. This is especially true when a doctor believes the condition of the baby may cause them to pass away during the childbirth process. But what happens when a parent isn’t properly informed and their child is born? That would be a great question for the medical malpractice lawyers at Bullock & Wood located in Mississippi.
What Types of Tests are Run to Identify Birth Defects?
There are two common types of tests that an expecting parent can have done that will allow a physician to determine whether the baby has a physical deformity that will affect their life entirely or if they suffer from some sort of disease.
- According to webmd.com, the first test that is done is during 10 to 12 weeks into the pregnancy and is known as a chorionic villus sampling (CVS).
- The next is an amniocentesis. This is done between 15 to 20 weeks.
When Should You Hire a Medical Malpractice Attorney in Mississippi?
Once a parent is informed of their unborn baby’s condition, they can use their own judgement along with the advice of the doctor to help decide whether they want to keep the baby or not. Now, if you feel as though your physician wrongfully informed you leading you to believe your baby did not suffer from any condition and neglected to provide you with one of the mentioned types of test, you may have a viable case on your hands.
The Mississippi medical malpractice attorneys at Bullock & Wood specialize in medical negligence cases and whether a physician harmed you, your baby, or you believe you are the victim of a wrongful birth, contact these professionals today by calling 601-709-3584. They can help you understand what your rights are the next course of action you should take.