There is no more joyous occasion than the birth of a child. Unfortunately for some happy parents, their joy is marred by physical injury or deformity directly related to the birthing process. More than four million children are born each year in the U.S. For some, serious developmental issues or even death may result.
A birth injury is defined as any damage or injury to the infant’s body occurring before, during, or slightly after the child’s birth. Birth injuries vary from minor, easily resolved issues to issues so severe the infant does not survive. Complications of pregnancy or labor such as prolonged labor, where the baby is unusually small or large or when the baby is in a difficult position during labor and delivery, can bring about difficulties for a new born.
Possible causes for birth injuries include:
Delayed Cesarean Section
These birth injuries may afflict the child with:
When Medical Negligence Plays a Part
Many birth injuries are caused by a health care professional’s medical negligence such as, when oxygen deprivation or head trauma occurs during the delicate birthing process. For example, Cerebral Palsy, caused by oxygen deprivation, affects more than 10,000 babies each year.
Other traumatic birth injuries include:
Traumatic Brain Injury
Brain Stem Injuries
Closed Head Injury
Anoxia and Hypoxia
Spinal Cord Trauma
Has your child suffered from a birth injury due to medical negligence? The laws governing medical negligence state that you have a right to hold heath care professionals liable for these and other circumstances:
Prolonged or difficult labor
Failure to detect an umbilical cord wrapped around the infant’s neck
Failure to quickly perform emergency C-section
Failure to test and treat pregnancy-related conditions
Misdiagnosis of pregnancy-related conditions
Failure to detect negative fetal vital signs
Help is Available
You will carry the burden and expense of your child’s care for a lifetime. To find out more about your rights, and how you can obtain the compensation you deserve to help you care for your child, please contact the experienced and knowledgeable birth injury attorneys at Hart & Hart.
In many cerebral palsy cases, this condition could have been prevented if proper steps had been taken during delivery. Cerebral Palsy is caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain during the birthing process. It can be identified by an abnormal fetal heart rate. If the doctor, nurse or midwife does not recognize this sign, your child can develop cerebral palsy.
Hart & Hart represents the families of children with cerebral palsy. We fight to recover full and fair compensation for those who have been hurt by a healthcare provider’s negligence. We have the experience necessary to negotiate your accident claim to the maximum result.
If you think your child may be a victim of a birth injury, Hart & Hart is here to help.