The months of anticipation of the birth of a child results in the joy of a healthy newborn for most couples, but for an unfortunate few, that joy is marred by an injury during the birthing process that in some cases may seriously impair the quality of life of the child, and in extreme cases even result in the child’s death. Some of these are no one’s fault. However, in too many cases, infants suffer injuries at birth that are preventable and due to negligence on the part of delivery staff when the expected standard of care is not met. These injuries may require a lifetime of special care and medical expense.
Birth Injuries Can Result from Medical Errors During Labor and Delivery
- Failing to properly monitor the baby
- Administering too much medication or the wrong medication
- Failing to diagnose a birth complication
- Failing to detect changes in heart rate, lack of oxygen and other signs of fetal distress
- Delay in ordering a C-section
- Using forceps and vacuums improperly or failing to exercise caution with surgical tools
- Pulling or pressing too hard when delivering a baby
Some of the Common Birth Injuries that May Result from Medical Error
- Brain damage: Problems during birth can cause a variety of injuries to the brain and neurological system, often severe and permanent.
- Oxygen deprivation: When birth trauma causes oxygen deprivation, the resulting injury to the child’s brain can cause disability or death.
- Cerebral palsy, a condition that affects muscles and motor skills resulting from damage to the part of the brain that control motor function. The amount of disability can range from minor impairments skills to total disability.
- Damage to the nerves in the child’s arms during birth causing weakness in the affected arm, called Erb’s palsy.
If your child was injured during the birth process, you should consult an experienced Florida birth injury attorney who will review your case to determine if the injury resulted from medical malpractice. Not every birth injury can be attributed to malpractice, but for those caused by medical negligence, making a claim for recovery of damages can help your child receive the care he or she deserves. Attorney Jim Dodson answers your questions in his free insightful consumer guide, When Kids Suffer Big Injuries.