Medical Mistakes and Birth Injuries
Too often, medical mistakes are made during labor or delivery, causing harm to newborn children. As many as 27 out of every 1,000 births in the United States may involve a birth injury. While some injuries stem from natural causes, many occur because of medical negligence, also known as medical malpractice.
Whenever medical malpractice leads to the injury of a newborn child, we are compelled to seek some kind of justice in the matter. This may involve filing a birth injury medical malpractice claim and receiving financial compensation so that the injured child can have the best life possible.
If you feel that your child has been injured during birth due to medical malpractice, a qualified birth injury lawyer should be consulted to see what your and your child’s rights are and to receive a fair settlement.
Birth injuries differ from birth defects, which are caused by a genetic disorder or environmental factors. A number of health care providers other than the doctor may be held responsible for a birth injury, including attending nurses, support staff, technicians and even the hospital itself.
Birth injuries can include brain damage, spinal cord damage, paralysis, breech birth complications, bone fractures, infections, epilepsy and wrongful death.
Causes and Types of Birth Injuries
Some common birth mistakes include: leaving the baby in the birth canal too long; improper use of medical instruments; failure to perform a Caesarean section when the baby is in distress; failure to respond to the mother’s changing health conditions.
These mistakes can lead to injuries that include bone fractures, bleeding or bruising, nerve damage such as Erb’s Palsy, brain injuries and mental retardation.
Two major birth injuries are cerebral palsy and Erb’s palsy.
Cerebral Palsy. A type of brain damage, cerebral palsy occurs when the supply of oxygen to a baby’s brain is cut off or impaired, leading to a lifetime of cognitive limitations for the affected child.
Erb’s Palsy. Erb’s or brachial plexus palsy and Klumpke’s palsy are nerve injuries caused by excessive pressure to a baby’s neck or head during childbirth. The network of nerves controlling the arms and hands are damaged or stretched, and the result can be a newborn with permanent disabilities to the arms or hands.
Contact a Birth Injury Lawyer
If you believe that your child was injured as a result of medical malpractice, contact an experienced birth injury attorney today. You have only a limited time after the injury to file a claim, so you must act quickly.