The excitement and anticipation that goes along with the birth of a child may only be matched by the sadness of learning that your child has been born with a birth injury. Most birth injuries are preventable if a doctor properly monitors and treats the mother and child for any potential complications. Every parent-to-be naturally assumes that the doctor who they have trusted to deliver their baby is adequately trained and capable of performing the procedures necessary for a successful delivery. Sadly, this is not always the case.
Negligent medical staff members cause the birth injuries of thousands of babies each year. Injuries may occur even after a child is born. Facial paralysis, nerve damage, bruising, and fractures are all birth injuries that may occur if the doctor mishandles the newborn. In some cases, this medical malpractice can leave innocent children permanently disabled or facing severe health issues.
Birth injuries are commonly caused by complications during pregnancy and birth. Medical professional errors such as mishandling of an instrument, improper delivery technique, incorrect estimation of birth date, improper prenatal testing, failure to perform C-section in a timely manner, diagnostic errors, and failure to treat a condition can result in a birth injury. Additionally, obstetrical mistakes such as failure to recognize fetal distress, failure to diagnose or treat infection, and failure to respond to complications in a timely manner can result in a birth injury to your baby.
When a birth injury occurs and it is the result of medical negligence, families have the option to take legal action.
Causes Specific Birth Injuries Caused by Medical Negligence
- Improper fetal monitoring during childbirth-It is important to monitor a baby throughout the birthing process. This can be though fetal monitoring and the use of a fetal scalp electrode. A fetal monitor can identify a fetus' electrode heart rate which may be indicative of a lack of oxygen to the baby's brain. If this occurs, a lack of oxygen during birth can lead to serious birth injuries, such as:
- Brain damage
- Cerebral palsy
- Neonatal seizures
- Erb's Palsy-also known as Erb-Duchenne palsy and brachial plexus paralysis is a type of birth defect caused by an injury to the baby's upper arm nerves during the birthing process.
What to do When you or your baby has suffered a birth injury?
If a doctor has injured your baby during the birthing process, it’s important to take action now. You may be entitled to financial compensation to help cover any costs that arise in association with your baby’s injury. The first step you should take is to contact an experienced attorney who can help determine if a medical professional is responsible.
How can Habush Help?
Birth injury malpractice lawsuits are serious and require experienced attorneys who are willing to fight for what is right.
When irresponsible doctors and nurses cause birth injuries, the attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier want parents to know that they have the legal right to fight back. Parents can take action to secure compensation for their children’s medical bills and other damages.
The malpractice lawyers will be able to evaluate your case during your free initial consultation. After learning more about your case, the experienced attorneys will be able to provide you the guidance needed to proceed with a malpractice lawsuit.
When medical malpractice is the cause of a child birth injury, the responsible party can be held liable for the victims’ losses and suffering. The malpractice lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier are here to help you learn more about birth injury medical malpractice lawsuits and answer any questions you may have. Contact us today at 800-2-HABUSH (800-242-2874).