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Medical Negligence Is the Cause of Many Birth Injuries
By: Deutschmann Personal Injury & Disability Law (Lawyers) | Published 03/06/2023
Birth trauma injuries caused by medical negligence are unfortunately all too common, and can result in serious and long-lasting consequences for both the baby and their family. These injuries can occur during pregnancy, labor and delivery, or shortly after birth, and can result from a variety of factors, including a failure to properly monitor the mother and baby, improper use of medical equipment, or a failure to respond appropriately to complications during delivery. In this response, I will discuss some of the most common birth injuries caused by medical negligence and why it may be necessary to call a personal injury lawyer if your child has suffered such an injury.
Cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder that affects muscle control and movement. It is often caused by damage to the brain before, during, or shortly after birth, and can result from medical negligence such as a failure to properly monitor the baby's oxygen levels during labor and delivery. Symptoms of cerebral palsy can range from mild to severe and can include difficulty with movement, speech, and coordination.
Erb's palsy is a type of brachial plexus injury that occurs when the nerves in the baby's shoulder are damaged during delivery. This can happen if excessive force is used during delivery, or if the baby's shoulder becomes stuck behind the mother's pubic bone. Symptoms of Erb's palsy can include weakness or paralysis in the affected arm, as well as a lack of movement or feeling in the fingers, hand, and arm.
Brain damage can occur if the baby's brain is deprived of oxygen for an extended period of time during labor and delivery. This can happen if the umbilical cord becomes wrapped around the baby's neck, or if there is a delay in performing a necessary cesarean section. Symptoms of brain damage can include seizures, developmental delays, and cognitive impairment.
Facial Nerve Palsy
Facial nerve palsy occurs when the nerves in the baby's face are damaged during delivery. This can happen if excessive force is used during delivery, or if the baby's head is pulled or twisted in an unnatural way. Symptoms of facial nerve palsy can include a drooping eyelid, a drooping corner of the mouth, and difficulty with facial expressions.
Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)
Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) is a type of brain damage that occurs when the baby's brain is deprived of oxygen during labor and delivery. This can happen if there is a problem with the umbilical cord or if the baby is not properly monitored during labor. Symptoms of HIE can include seizures, poor muscle tone, and respiratory distress.
Why Call a Personal Injury Lawyer?
If your child has suffered a birth injury as a result of medical negligence, it is important to seek legal representation as soon as possible. A personal injury lawyer with experience in birth injury cases can help you understand your legal rights and options, and can help you pursue the compensation you and your child deserve.
A personal injury lawyer can investigate the circumstances surrounding your child's birth and can work with medical experts to determine whether medical negligence played a role in your child's injury. They can also help you understand the long-term costs associated with your child's injury, such as medical expenses, ongoing care and treatment, and lost earning potential.
In addition to helping you recover compensation for your child's injuries, a personal injury lawyer can also help you hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions. This can help prevent similar injuries from happening to other families in the future.
Birth injuries caused by medical negligence can have serious and long-lasting consequences for both the baby and their family. If your child has suffered a birth injury, it is important to seek legal representation. Please call one of our highly experienced personal injury lawyers today if your baby has been injured as a result of a birth trauma. Deutschmann Personal Injury and Disability Law 1.519742.7774 – we are here for you. Don’t face your situation alone.