Mobile Birth Injury Attorneys
Birth injuries arise from mistakes or accidents during the birthing process that result in trauma to the baby. During any birth, a baby is subject to intense pressure when passing through the birth canal. Thus, it is possible for birth injuries to occur naturally through no fault of doctors, nurses, or other medical staff. These types of injuries may be caused by uncontrollable factors such as prolonged labor, breech delivery, premature birth, or when a mother’s pelvis is small or otherwise irregular. Some birth injuries, however, are caused by medical malpractice. A doctor's misuse of forceps, for example, may cause bruising or swelling around the nerves in the brain, causing permanent brain damage. When mistakes such as this occur, a medical malpractice lawsuit may be appropriate.
The following birth injuries may be caused by medical malpractice:
Facial paralysis: This often results from pressure being placed on the nerves of the baby's face during the birthing process, which can occur because of the doctor's misuse of forceps during birth. When the pressure causes facial nerves to tear, the baby may have to undergo surgery to correct the problem. Even after surgery, however, the nerves of the face may be permanently damaged.
Brachial plexus injury: This condition, sometimes referred to as Erb’s Palsy, causes paralysis or reduced function of the arm due to a stretching of the nerves in the arm and shoulder during the birthing process. The condition may require surgery, and even children who undergo surgery may experience little or no improvement.
Cerebral palsy: This is a serious disorder that can result from brain trauma experienced during or shortly after birth. Children with cerebral palsy suffer a loss of movement or other functions for the rest of their lives due to nerve damage that occurred because of a medical mistake, such as improper use of forceps or leaving the baby in the birth canal for too long causing oxygen deprivation to the brain.
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If your child has been injured due to a doctor's or other medical worker's error, you deserve compensation to cover medical expenses, your child's lack of capacity to enjoy life, and the cost of medical and other care he or she will require throughout life. Parents who believe a doctor's error caused their child's injuries should discuss their legal options with an experienced Maloney-Frost, LLP birth injury attorney.
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