Hospital patients may be familiar with the “weekend effect,”
the phenomenon where patients admitted to the hospital on the weekend
have less favorable outcomes. But did you know the same principle could
also affect the birth of your child?
A growing of body of research suggests that night births may result in
a higher risk of adverse outcomes. In several studies, birth injuries
and other complications were directly attributable to medical errors related
the care of the mother or child.
For instance, a 2010 study found that babies born during the nighttime
were more likely to suffer from cerebral palsy. The researchers specifically
found that babies born between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. were 22 percent more
likely to develop cerebral palsy or other brain conditions than those
born during the rest of the day.
As we have previously discussed on this San Diego Injury Blog, there are
a number of risk factors that can increase the risk that a child will
suffer from cerebral palsy. Many arise if the attending physician does
not pay sufficient attention during delivery or makes mistakes in the
delivery room, all of which may be more common at night when staff may
be tired or overworked.
Birth injuries can quickly turn a joyous occasion into a stressful one. As
San Diego medical malpractice lawyers, we know how devastating a cerebral palsy diagnosis can be, particularly
if the underlying brain injury could have been prevented. In cases where
the brain injuries could have been prevented or were caused by the actions
of a doctor or other medical professional, children may have a case for
If your child or someone you care about has suffered a serious birth injury
caused by the negligence of a health care provider, you may be entitled
to compensation. For more information, please contact
a San Diego medical malpractice attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage
for a free consultation.