by Corey Meyer
There are no words that can adequately describe the grief experienced by parents who discover their newborn baby was injured during the birthing process. They eagerly anticipated the birth of their new baby, normal at all stages of development with no expectations of anything other than giving birth to a normal child. Then, something goes horribly wrong during labor and delivery or shortly thereafter which results in an injury to the infant.
Approximately eight out of every 1,000 babies who develop normally throughout the mother’s pregnancy and are expected to be live, active and fully functioning at birth are injured through the negligence of health care practitioners who are involved in the birthing process. Some injuries may be minor, such as abrasions, scratches or even a broken bone. Others are life-changing and are so serious, neither the child nor the parents will ever fully recover.
Most Common Preventable Causes of Birth Injuries
Nearly 100 percent of all birth injuries are due to medical malpractice. Health care practitioners, including nurses, doctors and other professionals involved in the birthing process, made some error. The birthing process is defined as labor, delivery and a short time following delivery. Some of the most common causes are:
Resulting Injuries and Lifelong Debilitation
A baby who is subjected to any of these events during labor and delivery or shortly after delivery may suffer injuries that range from minor to severe. Babies may have broken bones, most commonly legs, arms or the collar bone that may easily be repaired. They may also suffer from nerve damage resulting in conditions such as Brachial plexus, Erb’s palsy or other forms of paralysis. Some of these are treatable and the child may recover and live a normal life. Others require life-long care and treatment.
When fetuses suffer from oxygen deprivation, even if the deprivation was for a short amount of time, they may be debilitated for life, having lost their ability to develop normally physically or mentally. Some are so severely injured they do not survive more than a few hours if they even survive for that long.
Symptoms of Traumatic Birth Injuries
Some injuries may be noticeable immediately, like abrasions, bruises and broken bones. Brain injuries are often not immediately apparent and there are signs you should watch for and seek immediate medical attention if you note any of the following:
Why You Should Contact an Attorney
If your baby suffers from birth injuries due to a health care practitioner’s negligence, you and your child deserve compensation for your injuries, including compensation for all medical expenses related to the birth injury, loss of the child’s future earning capacity as well as your pain and suffering as the parents.
Contact us at the Law Offices of Meyer & Blumenshine to schedule a free consultation. We will review all the circumstances of your case and determine the best way in which to proceed. If we to work together, we will take all appropriate legal action in order to obtain for you all the compensation to which you are legally entitled. Call us today.