The birth of a child should be a joyous, once-in-a-lifetime event, an occurrence that will forever change a couple’s life for the better. This is, of course, is the way it should go. Unfortunately, not all births go perfectly. In fact, due to the mistakes of medical professionals, the birth of your baby can coincide with an influx of problems and heartache instead of a life of potential and joy. If this sounds like your experience, your child has likely been the victim of a birth injury.
Not All Birth Injuries Are Someone’s Fault
Admittedly, not all birth injuries are the result of negligence or medical malpractice. However, a good majority of birth-related injuries could have been prevented with the proper medical care. The following are the most common birth injuries that are the direct result of medical negligence, according to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The Most Common Types of Birth Injuries
- Cephalohematoma: This is a minor injury in the grand scheme of things. It is primarily caused when doctors or nurses have to utilize the help of birth-assisting tools. It is the result of bleeding under the cranium and typically shows up a few to several hours after birth. It presents as a raised bump on the baby’s head. Usually, this bump will go away within a few months, but it can cause an increased risk for hypotension, anemia, and jaundice.
- Brain Injuries:This type of birthing injury is obviously more serious in nature. It occurs when the infant’s oxygen supply is cut off during the delivery process. This occurrence can result in chronic seizures and cerebral palsy. Oxygen deprivation can also happen when a physician fails to monitor an infant immediately after they are born. A prolapsed cord, other umbilical cord issues as well as not removing the baby from the birth canal in a timely manner can all result in brain injuries. Even mild oxygen deprivation is believed to cause pretty serious consequences, such as long-term physical problems and intellectual disabilities.
- Brachial Palsy Injuries:If a physician pulls on a baby too hard or incorrectly during delivery or the baby becomes trapped by the mother’s pelvic bone, their brachial plexus, or the nerves responsible for moving the hands and arms, can be injured. Common brachial palsy injuries include Klumpke’s palsy and Erb’s palsy.
The birth injuries listed above are far from an exhaustive list. There are many other possible birth injuries. If your child has experienced any of the injuries listed above or even one not mentioned, call us at Jordan Law Firm, P.C. today to learn more about we can get you and your child the compensation you deserve due to a birth injury.