Common Birth Injuries Leading to Medical Malpractice Claims
We often take childbirth for granted, but it comes with more risks than you think. In fact, the United States is worse than 68 other countries when it comes to newborn deaths. Every year, 11,300 babies born in the United States die on the same day they are born. While most die because they were born too early, 23% die from birth complications and another 23% die from severe infections.
When a baby dies or is injured due to a complication during childbirth and labor, this is often due to the negligence of a medical professional. A nurse or doctor may be doing something they should not be doing, such as using a tool incorrectly, or they may not be doing what they should, such as monitoring a fetus in distress.
If you suffered childbirth complications and your child suffered a serious injury, medical condition or even death, you may be able to file a medical malpractice claim and seek financial recovery. Read on to discover the most common types of birth injuries.
Brain injuries can be caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain. If a fetus is suffering from labored breathing, it is imperative that the doctor take swift action. If the doctor does not act quickly, the baby can become asphyxiated. This can lead to not only mental issues, but also seizures, shock, coma and even death.
Brachial Plexus Injuries
Brachial plexus injuries refer to damage to the peripheral nerve. These nerves are located between the brain and spinal cord and control movement. If a doctor improperly uses forceps or some other birthing tool, this can damage a nerve and lead to issues with hand and arm movement.
Bell’s palsy refers to damaged facial nerves. This is often caused by pressure on the baby’s face while traveling through the birth canal or forceps use during delivery. The baby is unable to move the face, including the eyes. If the nerve is torn, then surgery is usually required.
Birth trauma often occurs in large babies weighing more than 8 pounds, 13 ounces. It also occurs when the mother has a small pelvis or when the baby is in an abnormal position (anything other than head first).
Scalp bruising is a common type of birth trauma. This often occurs when vacuum extraction devices are used, although pressure from the mother’s vaginal wall or uterus can also cause it.
Broken bones can occur when the baby is forced out of the birth canal. Improper use of forceps and vacuum extraction can cause broken arms, legs and shoulder bones.
Contact a Coral Springs Medical Malpractice Attorney
Medical mistakes happen more often than you think. While most doctors are competent, some are negligent, causing serious injuries during childbirth.
If your child was injured during labor or delivery, contact a Coral Springs medical malpractice lawyer from The Law Offices of Barry S. Mittelberg, P.A. Medical malpractice claims are highly complex, but he will aggressively fight for your rights to compensation. Call (954) 752-1213 to schedule a free consultation.