Having a baby is a joyous time in life. When parents announce their expectancy, the single request for their unborn child is that he or she make their entrance into the world as healthy as humanly possible, so that their lives may be filled with the wonderment of childhood memories. Time goes by so quickly for parents, as kids seem to grow at an astronomical rate, leaving everyone in their wake as they evolve throughout the years.
It certainly is not lost on birth mothers that delivering a baby has its share of risks, and complications are certainly not ruled out prior to entering the delivery room. In fact, the possibility is heightened, and can cause severe anxiety prior to delivery.
Difficult deliveries can result in birth injuries that are caused by the negligence of the medical staff attending to the birth process, and the consequences can be life altering. The birth injury attorneys at Bertoldo, Baker, Carter & Smith understand that when the mother or child is in distress during delivery, the medical staff can react in one of two ways: with professionalism and care, or in a negligent panic to relieve the situation of its complications. In case of the latter, injuries can occur to the mother and child, from ripping and tearing of the mother’s birthing canal to scratches, broken limbs or brain damage of the child. In any case, an injury to the mother or child during childbirth can cause lifelong complications that led to financial strain from lost wages or increased and extended medical care.
Types of Birth Injuries
The human body is an incredible machine, and allows for the full gestation of a child, in order to deliver a healthy and happy baby. This is the exact reason women undergo extensive doctor’s appointments during their pregnancy, so every possible obstacle is cleared prior to the child’s birth.
Every woman is different, and their doctor’s ability to assess their personal pregnancy is imperative to a successful delivery. Large, growing babies may require a change of plans in delivery, just as a mother’s smaller birth canal can require a secondary approach to birthing methods.
When these factors are overlooked by your physician, and result in harm to you or your baby, negligence may play a factor in your injury. Each of these issues should be assessed during pregnancy through technological ultrasounds and techniques to help ensure a routine delivery. When complications are not discovered until it is too late, the mother and baby’s health are in jeopardy from what very well may be negligence.
When birth injuries occur to the mother or child, families can recover financial compensation for their hardships. The attorneys at Bertoldo, Baker, Carter & Smith understand the compassion necessary to handle these cases accurately, and our attorneys have handled numerous cases in differing birth injury capacities, including:
- Cerebral Palsy: An incurable condition caused by lack of oxygen to the brain during delivery. This condition affects the child’s ability to control movements and will often result in further medical complications going forward.
- Erb’s Palsy: A stretching or tearing of the nerves that encompass the child’s shoulder and arm.
- Nerve damage: Forceps used during delivery can injure the facial nerves resulting in paralysis. Additional complications can include diaphragm nerve damage that can cause difficulty breathing for the baby.
- Perinatal Asphyxia: Minimal blood flow to the fetus, and/or lack of oxygen in the blood. This can cause permanent signs of neurologic damage, including mild learning disorders and delayed development to cerebral palsy.