Medical Malpractice is one of the causes of traumatic injuries
The birth of a child is one of the miraculous wonders many have the
privilege to witness in their lifetimes. When a mother or child
suffers a birth injury, families are often left bewildered,
wondering how and why such a tragedy occurred. Many birth injury
situations involve unforeseeable complications that must be treated
as best as possible when they occur. In other situations, a birth
injury is preventable and may be the result of medical error,
negligence, or malpractice.
Birth injury may be the result of a complication that developed
during pregnancy. Maternal or fetal infections and health
conditions; Rh incompatibility between the mother and child;
maternal drug, tobacco, or alcohol use; and other prenatal
complications greatly increase the risk that a child or mother will
suffer a birth injury. Many of these risks can be identified during
a woman's pregnancy and treated to decrease or prevent of a
subsequent birth injury.
Improper dating of a pregnancy is also a birth injury risk factor.
The large gestational size of a baby's body or head in a post-mature
delivery can increase the risk that a child will suffer a birth
injury. When a child is born prematurely they are also at risk for
birth injury complications. In some cases medical professionals
cannot intercede to prevent pre- and post-mature deliveries. These
birth injury complications may also be the result of a medical
mistake or negligence.
Complications during childbirth can also result in birth injury.
Physicians who employ medical birthing techniques, such as forceps
or vacuum delivery, with unnecessary force run the risk of causing a
birth injury as a result of their malpractice. There are a number of
birth complications, such as shoulder dystocia, abnormal birth
presentation, and fetal anoxia, which can lead to a serious birth
injury if a medical professional does not respond appropriately.
Many types of birth injury are mild and heal without medical
intervention. In other cases, birth injury results in severe and
permanent injury or even death. Extensive medical treatment may be
required to correct a birth injury. Erb's palsy is one example of a
common birth injury that may resolve spontaneously or may require
significant medical intervention. Cerebral palsy is a serious and
permanent birth injury that cannot be resolved through medical
attention. A patient with cerebral palsy can benefit from a
comprehensive treatment program to manage the symptoms of his/her
condition. This is often a lifelong process that can be emotionally
and financially devastating to a birth injury victim and their loved
When medical malpractice is the cause of a child or mother's
injury, the responsible party can be held liable for the victims'
losses and suffering. If you would like to learn more about medical
malpractice birth injury cases, please contact us to speak with a
qualified and experienced birth injury attorney who can evaluate
your case to determine your legal rights and options.
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