Birth Trauma

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Birth Trauma can be a form of medical malpractice. Each year in the United States, approximately two million infants suffer from birth trauma during delivery. Birth trauma can cause mild and temporary injuries and impairments or may result in devastating injuries, permanent impairment, or even death. In many cases birth trauma is an unforeseen and unpreventable tragedy. In other cases, birth trauma is the result of medical error, malpractice, and negligence. When a medical professional fails to prevent birth trauma, in a situation where he/she has the power to do so, they can be held liable for all injuries and thus suffer the results. Click here and select a state to learn more about your legal rights.

Common Causes

  • Inadequate Prenatal Care
  • Forceful Birthing Techniques, i.e. use of vacuum or forceps

Birth trauma can occur when a medical professional fails to diagnose and treat prenatal infections, conditions, and other risk factors. This type of birth trauma is often the product of inadequate prenatal care. Maternal infections and certain medical conditions can increase the risks of a complicated delivery process where birth trauma is more likely. A fetus may develop certain medical conditions that can lead to birth trauma if not promptly diagnosed and adequately treated.

Bruising can be the cause of improper or forceful birthing techniques, such a vacuum or forceps delivery, employed by a negligent doctor. Infant jaundice, for example, can develop because of birth trauma-related bruising, prenatal infections affecting the infant's blood, and Rh incompatibility. Infection and Rh incompatibility are both conditions that, when correctly diagnosed, can be treated to prevent or greatly mitigate birth trauma.

Results of Birth Trauma

Fortunately, birth injuries such as jaundice do not often result in permanent or serious injury.

Unfortunately, there are a number of serious injuries that can develop as a result of birth trauma.

Shoulder dystocia is a common type of birth trauma occurring when a child's shoulder becomes impacted on the mother's pelvis during birth. While this birth trauma may not be preventable, adherence to medical protocol can correct the problem or mitigate the harm caused during this birth complication. When a medical professional fails to prevent damage in a shoulder dystocia case, the birth trauma can cause Erb's Palsy or brachial plexus palsy, conditions which affect the nerves to the upper extremities.

When birth trauma cuts the supply of blood or oxygen to the baby's brain or produces any other type of brain injury, the child can develop a chronic condition called cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is a set of conditions that hinder the body's ability to adequately control body movement and muscle coordination. While the precise cause of cerebral palsy is often unknown, many cases of cerebral palsy are the result of preventable birth trauma.

Contact an Attorney Near You 

When a medical professional fails to prevent birth trauma, he/she may be held liable for the injuries, losses, and suffering that ensues. If you or your child has suffered birth trauma injuries, please contact us to speak to a qualified and experienced attorney who can evaluate your case to determine your legal rights and options. You may be able to seek compensation for the losses and suffering you have endured as a result of birth trauma.

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