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Birth trauma and spinal cord injuries

On Behalf of | Apr 12, 2022 | Medical Malpractice

If you or your partner recently gave birth and your child suffered an injury, or if you are currently pregnant and you worry about the possibility of something going wrong during the birthing process, it is very important to take a closer look at this topic. Sadly, many problems can occur during childbirth. Sometimes, problems arise due to health conditions and other factors, but many birth injuries take place as a result of medical professional negligence.

In fact, some newborns suffer spinal cord injuries. These injuries take place for different reasons and can have a devastating impact on a child’s life.

Why do spinal cord injuries occur?

The National Center for Biotechnology Information states that spinal cord injuries during the neonatal period often take place due to spinal cord rotation or excessive traction in the course of extraction. Doctors can diagnose spinal cord injuries through an MRI or ultrasonography.

Sometimes, spinal cord injuries happen because of a rushed delivery and a medical professional pulling or twisting a baby incorrectly due to a rushed delivery. In addition, some physicians fail to diagnose spina bifida prior to childbirth.

What are the consequences of spinal cord injuries?

Spinal cord injuries can affect newborns and parents in many ways. Sometimes, these injuries can lead to bowel dysfunction and bladder problems, and they can also prove fatal. Medical costs and emotional trauma also impact many families.

It is crucial to thoroughly review the details of what occurred if your family is struggling with a spinal cord injury that occurred when your child was born, and hold a medical professional answerable if their negligence led to the injury.