Birth injuries are catastrophic not only to the newborn child but also to parents, siblings, and other family members. Before a child begins a life, the child is already hindered by debilitating and permanent injuries. Pregnancy and giving birth are experiences that should be cherished. Unfortunately, what should be a very special day can become a nightmare when the fate of a newborn child is unknown. Despite excellent medical care in the United States, far too many mothers and babies are suffering at the expense of medical malpractice.
Newborns are at risk of sustaining a long list of birth injuries that include, but may not be limited to, the following:
- Asphyxia/Lack of Oxygen;
- Cerebral Palsy;
- Cognitive Impairment (which may lead to developmental delays);
- Erb’s Palsy;
- Bleeding in the Brain (Hematomas and Intracranial Hemorrhages);
- Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy;
- Periventricular Leukomalacia; and
- Klumpke’s Palsy.
Birth injuries can occur while a baby is still in utero, or the injuries can happen during or shortly after delivery. Proper monitoring of pregnant mothers (especially those who are considered high-risk) is critical to the successful and healthy birth of a baby. Many birth injuries are preventable and can be linked to a medical professional’s act or omission. For example, a physician or nurse who fails to adequately monitor a baby’s heartbeat (especially during labor), may miss information showing a baby is in distress.
It does not take long for a baby to suffer injuries from a lack of oxygen or blood flow. Every second matters, and mothers count on competent medical staff to ensure preventable medical errors are not made that can halt a baby’s life before that life even begins outside the womb. Severe injuries may prevent a baby from growing independently into adulthood.
Not only will an injured child need specialized medical treatment, but this child may also need specialized education that may take place in the home or at separate school for children with developmental delays. Simply put, the damage resulting from a birth injury stemming from medical malpractice is horrific, permanent, and makes life very difficult for a child who should be enjoying life alongside their peers.
If you or a loved one sustained an injury, you could be qualified to file a birth injury lawsuit to recover monetary compensation for damages.
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