When you or your beloved baby were forced to bear the negative effects of injury—or worse, death—it will change the rest of your life forever. Nobody should go through any of that, most especially when costly medical treatment or lifelong care resulted from an error or negligence of a medical professional could have otherwise been prevented. Below are some of the most common birth injuries that could arise from medical malpractice:
- Infections – Babies could develop infections since their immune systems are not yet fully developed.
- Cerebral Hypoxia or Birth Asphyxia – This occurs when the baby did not have enough oxygen prior to, during, or following the delivery.
- Cerebral Palsy Caused by Birth Injury – This is a non-progressive, lifelong injury to the brain caused by damage sustained during or before delivery. Tyrone Law Firm and other legal professionals note that it's possible to make the medical staff responsible if there were neglect and carelessness on their part.
- Cephalopelvic Disproportion – This happens when the head of the baby is too big to fit the pelvis of the mother.
- Erb’s Palsy – This is a kind of nerve damage caused by a birth injury because of a problematic delivery.
- Delayed Cesarean Delivery – This occurs when the doctor delayed or didn’t perform a C-section when they should’ve done so.
- Forced Cesarean Delivery – This occurs when a doctor performs a C-section against the wishes of the mother. However, this is usually the only option in high-risk pregnancies.
- Fetal Distress – A baby could sustain permanent damage in case the doctor fails to detect or respond to indications of potential fetal distress.
- Vacuum Extractions and Forceps – A birth injury could occur with inappropriate or improper use of the assistive devices for delivery.
- Brain Injuries – This could be due to different situations—sometimes because a doctor failed to perform a preventive action, which results in lifelong health issues.
- Gestational Diabetes – This occurs when a doctor did not sufficiently monitor or treat the mother’s gestational diabetes, which resulted in severe injury.
- Eclampsia and Preeclampsia – This condition is characterized by excessive protein in the urine and a high blood pressure level. When left untreated, it could progress to eclampsia, a severe form or preeclampsia.
- Shoulder Dystocia – This occurs when the shoulder of the baby becomes stuck behind the pelvic bone of the mother during delivery.
- Wrongful Death of the Mother – When a generally healthy mother unexpectedly passes away while delivering the baby.
Nobody should ever have to suffer through life because of birth injuries resulting from medical malpractice. If you suspect that your or your baby’s injuries were a result of medical malpractice during labor or childbirth, get help from a medical malpractice attorney as soon as you can.