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AVOIDABLE, YET COMMON BIRTH INJURIES

Some of the saddest cases we handle involve injuries suffered by innocent newborn babies. Some experience injury immediately or shortly after birth, while others are injured while still in the womb. Many of these conditions are permanent and debilitating, requiring long-term, expensive care. What's worse is that many of these birth injuries could have been avoided, had the medical personnel in charge of the mother's care or delivery of her baby done their jobs properly. 

Some of the saddest cases we handle involve injuries suffered by innocent newborn babies. Some experience injury immediately or shortly after birth, while others are injured while still in the womb. Many of these conditions are permanent and debilitating, requiring long-term, expensive care. What's worse is that many of these birth injuries could have been avoided, had the medical personnel in charge of the mother's care or delivery of her baby done their jobs properly.

Birth injuries caused by medical negligence

Some of the most frequently suffered and avoidable birth injuries include the following:

  • Cerebral palsy - This is a form of paralysis that may be caused by a brain injury, affecting certain motor areas and difficulty controlling voluntary muscles.
  • Brachial plexus/Erb's palsy - Paralysis of upper arm caused by damage to the brachial plexus or roots of certain cervical nerves can result from difficulty delivering a baby's shoulders during vaginal birth.
  • Bone fractures and shoulder dystocia - Larger babies delivered vaginally or carelessness pulling the baby during delivery can result in broken bones or shoulder damage.
  • Hypoxia -Lack of oxygen to the brain can cause permanent brain damage. Hypoxia may result from placental abruption (detachment), the umbilical cord wrapping around the baby's neck, or other complications.
  • Scalp, face, and head injuries - These injuries may result from use of forceps, vacuum extraction, or other instruments, or excessive pressure on the face during birth. These injuries may lead to jaundice, facial paralysis, or brain damage, depending on severity.

A lifetime of treatment for your child

If your child has one of these conditions or another form of birth injury, he or she likely requires a lifetime of care. From physical therapy to medications to accommodations built into your home, these are likely to cost you a great deal of money. A personal injury lawyer who regularly handles birth injury cases can help you receive the money you need, to give your child the support and care he or she deserves.

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