Birth Injury

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A Devastating Birth Injury?

It takes only one mistake, moment of carelessness, or poor decision in the delivery room to cause a birth injury and transform a normal child into a disabled child. The results are conditions and disabilities that can last a lifetime. In the worst cases, a birth injury can lead to death.

Birth injuries are preventable, and when these injuries occur they can almost always be considered medical malpractice. If the actions of a healthcare provider, whether doctor or nurse or aide, directly led to your child’s birth injury, you have the legal right to hold the responsible party accountable for their actions and negligence.

Causes of Birth Injuries

There are many ways in which birth injuries can occur and establish a case of medical negligence. Some of the most common causes of birth injuries include:

  • improper use of forceps
  • improper vacuum use
  • delayed cesarian section
  • failure to act quickly
  • missed or improper diagnosis

Such complications can lead to oxygen deprivation, nerve damage, and head or brain injury. In some cases, these side effects can be life-altering for both baby and mother.

Pregnancy problems that are left unnoticed or untreated can cause problems during delivery and be directly responsible for a birth injury. With proper, diligent prenatal care, many potential birth injuries are easily prevented, such as:

  • mismanaged pregnancy infections
  • failure to diagnose placental abruption or placenta previa
  • neglect to refer high-risk patients to specialists
  • failure to perform sufficient prenatal testing for both mother and baby
  • failure to recognize a problem with the umbilical cord
  • poor administration or management of Pitocin or other labor-inducing drug
  • failure to recognize and address changes in the fetus

Devastating Birth Injuries and Complications

Birth injuries cause health complications, and there are dozens of problems that can occur during a child’s birth that lead to chronic mental and physical disabilities. Preventable birth injuries include:

  • cerebral palsy
  • erb’s palsy
  • bone fractures
  • brain damage
  • hypoxia
  • birth asphyxia
  • spinal cord injuries
  • developmental disability
  • facial paralysis
  • learning disability
  • brachial plexus injury
  • seizures
  • sepsis
  • wrongful death

This list is by no means exhaustive. And all birth injuries are devastating to a family that anticipated the birth of a healthy baby.

Did Your Child Suffer a Devastating Birth Injury?

The birth of a child should be a time of joy and celebration. Sadly, some families experience a labor and delivery that is anything but wonderful. When things do not go as planned in the delivery room, when your child is left with severe or fatal injuries, your family could be faced with any of the following:

  • costly medical expenses, now and in the future
  • rehabilitation and therapy costs
  • expensive equipment, such as wheelchairs and special vehicles
  • physical pain and trauma
  • emotional anxiety
  • costly schooling or special education
  • expensive in-home care
  • lost wages due to child’s needs

When your child has suffered a birth injury and your family has been struck by the life-altering changes this causes, you may find yourself so embedded in a daily existence of confusion and fear that the last thing that crosses your mind is to consider why your child is the way he or she is.

Contact the experienced birth injury attorneys at Thurswell Law to investigate whether your child has been a victim of medical malpractice, and allow us to fight the hospitals and insurance companies on your behalf. We have fought for justice for thousands of babies and their families since 1968. We will never charge a fee unless we recover money for your child. Your family has already suffered emotionally, physically, and mentally. Don’t allow yourself to suffer financially too. Contact Thurswell Law today.

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