When a birth injury occurs it is a heartbreaking time for the parents.
It can also cause a great deal of financial hardship. Your child could face learning disabilities and medical complications that will follow him/her throughout their life. Many times these disabilities are permanent. When the birth defect is caused by medical negligence during pregnancy or childbirth, you need to know what your rights are.
If your baby has suffered a serious birth injury as a result of medical negligence we want to help. Our birth injury lawyers understand the stress and heartbreak you are facing, as a result of medical negligence.
Birth injuries occur when the medical staff present during the childbirth is negligent and causes injury to the baby. Birth injuries can have long lasting effects on both the child and the family.
There are many reasons for birth trauma, including:
- Breech births
- Complications from cesarean births
- Premature births
- Facial nerve damage during delivery
- Constriction of blood or oxygen flow
- Head injuries from emergency extractions
Although childbirth is one of the most difficult aspects of medicine, this does not mean that mistakes and medical negligence should be tolerated. If your child has been injured during the childbirth process, you deserve to recover compensation.
Some of the most common forms of birth injury are:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Erbs Palsy
- Brachial Palsy
Cerebral palsy is a birth injury that occurs to the baby, damaging the brain. The incidence of this injury occurs in about one out of every 2,000 babies who are born in the United States. This condition is often caused by medical negligence or medical malpractice committed during childbirth. Cerebral palsy can be caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain, and its effects can be permanent.
Cerebral palsy can cause:
- Delayed Motor Development
- Poor Coordination
- Muscle Spasms
- Feeding Difficulties
Erbs palsy is a birth injury that occurs as a result of trauma to the brachial plexus nerve. Erbs palsy affects arm movement and control, and in some cases it can cause permanent problems, including:
- Poor Arm Control
- Lack of Coordination
- Low Muscle Strength
- Slow Development
- Lack of Arm Movement
Birth injury can also stem from hypoxia, or lack of oxygen. Hypoxia is a serious birth injury because its effects are numerous, devastating, and they can last a lifetime. Some effects of hypoxia are:
- Brian Damage
- Cerebral Palsy
A birth injury can mean years of rehabilitation for your child, as well as large medical bills in the future. You do not deserve to suffer these losses because medical malpractice or medical negligence injured your child.
There are a number of reasons why birth injuries occur, and there are several different types of birth injuries. The birth injury may be the result of failure of the medical staff in the labor room to monitor the baby properly before and during the birthing, and as a result they miss critical warning signs. In yet other cases, the doctor(s) fails to take the necessary precautions to ensure the baby is not harmed.
The consequences of a birth injury can vary widely and the emotional, physical, and financial burdens can be devastating for the parents. It can mean your child may require a lifetime of medical care and may not be able to meet their full potential.