Understanding Birth Injuries
Although modern technology and medical advances have made childbirth safer, there are still ways in which a birth injury can happen during the birthing process. A newborn is susceptible to a birth injury before, during, or immediately after birth. Unfortunately, birth injuries are not as uncommon as you may think, and in some cases, the long-term effects can be devastating. Here’s what you need to know.
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Contributing Factors in Birth Injuries
From maternal conditions and infant conditions to physical injures during childbirth, there are many contributing factors to the cause of a birth injury. For example, the improper use of medical tools, like forceps and vacuum extraction, can damage a child’s brain during delivery. If a physician fails to give the mother and child the standard quality of care that is required by medical professionals, a birth injury can happen. Here are some common reasons for negligence:
- Failing to inform parents of a baby’s abnormalities which can result in wrongful birth.
- Failing to adequately assist parents to avoid pregnancy, for example, a badly performed hysterectomy which can result in a wrongful birth.
- Failing to make a diagnosis or delayed diagnosis that affects the outcome of childbirth.
The Long-Term Effects of Birth Injuries
If a newborn sustains a birth injury during labor, there can be lifelong devastating consequences. Here are some common long-term effects.
- Cerebral palsy – a result of damage to the brain during birth due to oxygen deprivation.
- Facial paralysis – when too much pressure is placed on the baby’s face during delivery, facial nerve damage can occur.
- Chronic seizures – oxygen deprivation during delivery can lead to chronic seizures.
- Brachial plexus – damage to the nerves in the upper spine to the neck, shoulder, arm, and hand can result in a permanent disability.
- Paralysis – the forceful use of forceps can cause damage to the spinal cord or spinal cord nerves and can result in paralysis as well as neurological problems.
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Contact a Birth Injury Lawyer
If you and your loved ones are coping with a child who has sustained a birth injury during delivery, our experienced birth injury lawyers are here to help. The law team at Gatti, Keltner, Bienvenu & Montesi, PLC has been helping victims of medical malpractice in the Memphis Tri-State area since 1970.
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