Filing a Birth Injury Claim in Mason City
In 1940 testing was done with rhesus monkeys regarding blood types. It
was discovered that there were positive and negative types of blood, in
addition to the regular blood types we are all familiar with. Because
rhesus monkeys were used, the term Rh blood type was used. It was later
seen that birth injuries occurred when a mother had the opposite Rh blood
type than her developing fetus. Because maternal antibodies can cross
the placenta, the opposite blood types tended to create a situation where
the antibodies would destroy fetal red blood cells.
Is Medical Malpractice to Blame?
With each pregnancy the risk of this occurring increases. Rh blood type
incompatibility is the leading cause of potentially fatal blood-related
problems of newborns. In the United States, 1 out of 1,000 babies are
born with this condition. Preventing this from occurring is a doctor's
responsibility and can greatly reduce the risk of injury. If you or someone
you know has suffered the consequences of your newborn being affected
by this condition because medical personnel treating you failed to take
the necessary precautions to prevent it, you need to consult with a knowledgeable
Iowa medical malpractice lawyer who can assist you with filing a claim.
What to Expect from an RH Blood Type Incompatibility Condition
If your doctor failed to properly test your blood type and did not adequately
treat your newborn with the correct medication to counter the effects,
your antibodies will attack your baby's blood, causing it to break
down the red blood cells of the baby. This can result in the infant developing
anemia. In severe cases, this hemolytic disease can cause illness, brain
damage and even death. When this devastating situation occurs, if your
baby survives, your child may need long-term medical care throughout his
or her lifetime. The trauma and pain from the severe injury to your child
will never be able to be remedied.
How Our Skilled Iowa Birth Injury Attorney Can Help
With the caring and compassionate assistance of our firm, we will pursue
compensation for you and your child's losses. Although money cannot
replace the good health of your child, it can help provide the best medical
care your child will need. Our dedicated legal team has helped hundreds
of parents who have suffered the pain of a birth injury. Allow us to help
you as well. We offer our services throughout Iowa, including Mason City,
Des Moines, Davenport and many other parts of the state.
Contact McGuire Law, PLC if your child has been injured due to an Rh incompatibility situation at birth.