While you look forward to your baby’s birth with excitement and nervousness, the baby’s birthday can quickly become tragic when neglect causes a birth injury. Of the millions of babies born each year, almost 3% will be born with some sort of birth injury; many of these could have been prevented. These injuries often occur during the baby’s fetal development or during delivery.
Most birth injuries are caused due to doctor negligence or the medical professional’s error. Some of the most common birth injuries include hypoxic brain damage or ischemic brain damage, which results in cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy, brachial plexus injuries, bone fractures, caput succedaneum, Apgar score, cephalohematoma, bruising, forceps marks, subconjunctival hemorrhages, shoulder dystocia, cranial damage, and facial paralysis. Birth injuries are also caused when the doctor fails to property diagnose infections in the mother, fails to administer the correct tests, incorrect interprets test results, does not respond quickly to fetal distress, trauma during birth, delivery negligence, obstetric complications, or failing to diagnose the baby quickly after birth.
While some of these injuries are treatable, such as bruising, other injuries result in long term complications for the child, which may lead to the baby’s death. Many of these injuries will also result in the necessity for long term care for the child, which can be trying on the parents, both emotionally and financially.
If your baby was injured during birth or development or if a loved one was killed by a birth injury, you need a personal injury attorney that understands the emotional and physical toll that this birth injury took and understands the complexities of these types of cases. The attorney should be aggressive in seeking the compensation that you deserve.