Birth injuries can be devastating for new parents.
A newborn baby can sustain a birth injury when a problem occurs while the mother is in labor or in the process of birthing. This can be the result of either medical negligence or an unavoidable complication. On one hand, a baby can be wounded by an incorrect method of delivery, or the misuse of extraction tools such as forceps or a venthouse (vacuum). On the other hand, inevitable problems can develop during birth and lead to injury, in spite of the doctor’s best efforts and proficiency. While certain injuries are evident at once, others are only discovered in time. Statistics show that 5 out of every 1000 infants born in the United States experience some form of physical or mental trauma, such as fetal distress (hypoxia), cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy, brachial palsy, or extreme jaundice, just to name a few. Birth injuries can also cause distress on the newborn’s vital organs and skeletal structure.
It is very important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible to discuss the issues as medical malpractice claims in Texas are severely difficult claims and time sensitive.
When a child is injured during labor or delivery, new parents are often devastated. You may wonder what went wrong. Other birth injuries besides cerebral palsy and Erb’s Palsy can occur during childbirth. Other birth injuries that can result from improper medical care before, during or shortly after childbirth include:
- Bleeding in the brain
- Brain damage
- Brain swelling
- Facial nerve injury
- Skull fractures
Other Birth Injuries: Causes
There are many reasons why your child may have been injured at birth. Improper operation of commonly used delivery devices can cause birth injuries. Examples of such devices are vacuums and forceps. These devices are useful and necessary in certain situations. Their safety and effectiveness depends upon the skill and technique of the person using them. The skull of an infant is soft and open because the bones have yet to fuse together. With the top of the brain unprotected, an infant can be at a high risk of birth injury when a doctor uses a vacuum extraction device or forceps. If these devices are used improperly or under the wrong circumstances, a baby can be injured.
Signs and Symptoms of Other Birth Injuries
If your child was injured during labor or delivery, you may notice some of the following signs and symptoms:
- Depressions or indentations in the head
- Swelling of the head
- Asymmetrical facial movements (for example, an infant only moves one side of the face when crying)
If you believe that your baby/child has suffered a birth defect or injury due to the negligence of a hospital or physician, please call my law firm for a FREE initial consultation.
Gregg S. Harrison, Attorney at Law, PLLC
Greater Houston/Northwest Houston Birth Defect Injury Lawyer
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