When a medical professional is responsible for a traumatic birth injury, the parents may be eligible for financial compensation for their child’s injuries.
The following types of birth injuries are sometimes caused by the inattention or negligence of a medical provider.
Fetal distress happens when an unborn child does not get the necessary amount of oxygen, often due to complications with the umbilical cord. Healthcare professionals can be alerted to this situation when an abnormal heart rate is detected.
The baby’s heart rate should be monitored continuously and carefully during the birthing and labor process. If this abnormality is found, healthcare professionals may give the mother additional oxygen, turn the mother on her side or deliver the child as quickly as possible to prevent or minimize harm to the baby.
Cerebral palsy can also be caused by a deprivation of oxygen. Children who grow up with this debilitating condition may suffer from numerous symptoms, such as a delay of reaching developmental milestones, limited motor skills, difficulty with speech, learning disabilities, difficulty controlling their muscles, epilepsy and spasms.
Erb’s Palsy occurs when a baby’s shoulder is wedged between his or her mother’s pubic bone during the birthing process, resulting in severe nerve damage to the neck and arm. An obvious
symptom to this injury is when the baby can move one arm but not the other one or if an arm hangs down at the side of his or her body. Permanent paralysis may occur in some cases.
Kernicterus is a type of brain injury that is caused by severe jaundice. Symptoms of this condition include having difficulty staying alert, a high-pitched cry, and a lack of muscle tone, fever and contorted positions. This condition can be prevented if it is caught quickly and treated immediately.
Other Types of Birth Injuries
One common cause for birth injuries is when healthcare professionals use forceps or vacuum extractors. Sometimes healthcare professionals use these tools to help get the baby through the woman’s birth canal. However, these tools may result in injuries to the baby’s brain or spinal cord.
Other injuries include spina bifida, brain damage, and persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn, folic acid disorder and cystic fibrosis.
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If your child has been injured during the birthing process, a personal injury lawyer may be able to help. Call Abrahamson & Uiterwyk today at 1-813-324-5202 for a free case evaluation.