Every parent hopes that the delivery of their child will go smoothly and without complications. However, it can be devastating when a medical professional is negligent during delivery or while monitoring the child in the womb. Unfortunately, birth injuries that are caused by medical malpractice are prevalent. If a medical professional’s negligence left your child with a birth injury, you deserve legal representation. Here are some of the common birth injuries caused by medical malpractice.
Failure to properly monitor the mother during labor, improper birthing techniques, and failure to identify fetal distress are all known causes of cerebral palsy. This disorder is a form of brain damage in newborns. Children often suffer from disabilities, such as muscle weakness, muscle spasms, and problems with motor skills.
When a child sustains an injury to the shoulders during birth, it can cause a condition known as Erb’s Palsy. This type of injury damages the nerves in the arms and shoulders, and it can be caused by a medical provider pulling on a child’s arms during birth. As a result, the child may experience difficulty moving the shoulders or arms, a lack of reflexes, and arms that are bent inwards towards the body.
When a baby does not get the sufficient amount of oxygen it needs in the womb or during labor, brain damage and organ failure can occur. During the baby’s development, it is the responsibility of the medical staff to monitor its heart rate and look for signs of distress. It is vital that doctors address placental abruption or a twisted umbilical cord, which can cause hypoxia.
Facial paralysis refers to the loss of sensation in the face and the inability to move the muscles. Too much pressure during the birthing process can cause damage to the facial nerve, leading to paralysis. If a child develops facial paralysis, may have difficulty opening their eyes or making facial movements.
Spinal Cord Damage
Improper use of forceps or excessive force during delivery can cause damage to the baby’s spinal cord. Some children may suffer a meningeal tear, which is thin layers of tissues that protect the brain and spinal cord. This type of spinal damage can cause paralysis and other neurological problems.
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