Birth injuries are devastating. When an injury occurs at birth, it unfairly changes a life before it even has a chance to start. Unfortunately, many birth injuries are caused by malpractice during delivery and are not congenital conditions. Birth injuries are dangerous because they often have lifelong repercussions. Conditions caused by birth injuries include cerebral palsy, brachial plexus palsy, and other serious physical issues.
Contributing Factors to Birth Injuries
Factors that lead to birth injuries include:
- The weight of the baby
- Premature birth
- Irregular position of the baby at birth
- Size of mother’s pelvis
These factors may contribute to a delayed birth. When a baby's delivery is delayed, the baby loses access to oxygen or blood for too much time. If delivery lasts too long, the brain can suffer damage from which there is no recovery. Oxygen deprivation could also occur if a baby is underweight, has under-developed lungs, or has a prolapsed umbilical cord.
Another common source of birth injuries is blunt force trauma. During a difficult birth, doctors may decide to use forceps, vacuums, pressure, and other tools to facilitate birth. However, if medical professionals misuse these tools, the baby could be subjected to force that causes permanent injury.
Medical Malpractice During Delivery
Sometimes birth injuries are unavoidable. However, medical malpractice is often to blame for harm caused during birth. Doctors are trained to recognize and diagnose problems as they are happening. A failure to respond appropriately to specific situations can cause permanent injury to a child. Doctors have sworn an oath to protect patients. When they fail to do so, they must face the consequences.
If you believe that medical malpractice injured your child, there is hope for compensation. The birth injury attorneys at Handler, Henning & Rosenberg have been helping clients achieve the financial security that they deserve since 1922. Our attorneys have over 100 years of experience and know the right steps to take so that your case is given the strong representation that it deserves. We’ve won tens of millions in dollars for people who need help the most, so call us if you need help!
Contact HHR today by calling (888) 498-3023. Consultation is free and you do not pay any fees unless we win results.