Birth Defect and Injury Attorneys
Childbirth continues to carry inherent risks and despite advances in modern technology and medicine, some birth defects and injuries caused by uncontrollable or natural factors occur. In other cases when birth defects and injuries are discovered, they are found to be caused by the negligence of a healthcare professional.
Families rely on their healthcare professionals to follow protocol and meet basic standards of care. Unfortunately, healthcare professionals sometimes fail to use adequate levels of care and skill which can lead to life-altering birth defects and injuries.
When birth defects and injuries are caused by medical negligence, the family of the injured may have grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit. The injured baby and their family may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other various damages.
Common Causes of Birth Defects and Injuries
A birth defect and injury can be caused by medical malpractice at any time during the birthing process, this includes incidents that occur before, during and after labor and delivery.
Some of most common causes of delivery room negligence leading to birth defects and injuries include (but are not limited to):
- Overly aggressive force during delivery
- A midwife performing the birth failing to seek help of an obstetrician
- Insufficient prenatal testing
- Waiting too long to perform a C-section
- Poor intubation of the baby resulting in hypoxia
Types of birth defects and injuries
Birth defects and injuries can include (but are not limited to):
- Umbilical cord entrapment
- Bruising on the face or head
- Skin irritations
- Fractures to the arm or collar bone
- Cerebral palsy
- Brachial plexus palsy
- Erb’s palsy
- Facial paralysis
- Brain damage