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What are common childbirth injuries caused by medical malpractice?

On Behalf of | Jul 10, 2024 | Medical Malpractice

Welcoming a new baby into the world should be a joyous occasion. However, medical malpractice during childbirth can lead to devastating injuries. Instead of celebrating, you may end up worrying and stressing over your baby’s health. As a parent, you must know about these potential risks and your rights if something goes wrong.

Types of birth injuries

Several types of birth injuries can occur due to medical negligence:

  • Cerebral palsy

This condition affects movement and muscle coordination. Cerebral palsy can result from oxygen deprivation during delivery.

  • Brachial plexus injuries

These injuries affect the nerves controlling arm and hand movement. They often occur when excessive force is used during delivery.

  • Fractures

Improper handling during birth can lead to broken bones, particularly in the collarbone or skull.

  • Brain damage

Oxygen deprivation or physical trauma can cause severe brain injuries, potentially leading to lifelong disabilities.

Causes of birth injuries

Medical malpractice during childbirth can take various forms, including:

  • Failure to monitor fetal distress
  • Improper use of delivery tools like forceps or vacuum extractors
  • Delayed C-section decisions
  • Medication errors during labor or delivery

If you suspect your child’s birth injury resulted from medical negligence, it is crucial to seek legal advice. An experienced attorney can help you navigate the complex process of proving malpractice and seeking compensation.

Protecting your rights

To protect your rights and your child’s future, you may take the following steps:

  • Document everything related to the birth and injury.
  • Seek a second medical opinion.
  • Consult with a medical malpractice attorney.

You may have a limited time to file a claim, so you must act promptly if you suspect malpractice.

Understanding the risks and your rights can help you make informed decisions. If your child has suffered a birth injury due to medical negligence, you may benefit from seeking legal help.

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