Birth Injuries And What To Keep In Mind

Birth Injuries And What To Keep In Mind

It's supposed to be one of the most amazing days of your life, the day you welcome your baby into the world. The labor process is very natural and has been happening since the beginning of man. That being said, not all labor goes as planned and sometimes it is necessary to have extra help from medical care. When a baby is born in a hospital it's not uncommon for a baby to suffer from an injury during the birthing process. The causes can be the result of the babies size or the position they are in, prematurity, cephalopelvic disorder (problems with the mother's pelvis), dystocia, prolonged labor, and abnormal birthing presentation. Events such as broken collarbones, fractures, and bruising happen commonly as a result of the baby leaving the birthing canal, and these usually heal quickly in infants. However, there are many injuries that have happened to countless families that are a direct cause of medical malpractice. One of the more serious injuries that can happen to an infant during delivery is brachial palsy. This is can be caused by a physician that pulls too hard on the baby while attempting to deliver the infant. Another scary injury that can be caused by a practitioner is facial paralysis. This is when the baby has too much pressure on its face during delivery which results in damage to the nerves. This injury can happen when a physician uses forceps or a vacuum to extract the baby out of the birthing canal.
Not all birth injuries are a direct cause of medical malpractice, but for some families, these injuries could have been easily avoided if more proper and diligent care was administered to the patient. At Martin Walker, P.C., we have been handling medical malpractice cases in Tyler and East Texas for well over a decade. We’d be happy to talk with you and give you a free medical malpractice case evaluation. To get in contact with us, you can call us at (903) 526-1600, email us at info@martinwalkerlaw.com, or use the info listed on our Contact Page.