There is one baby born every five seconds, someplace in the world. In the time it’s taken you to read this, two or three newborns are among us somewhere — most being cradled by their excited parents. Unfortunately, when the birthing process doesn’t go as planned, what should be the happiest moment in new parents’ lives can become something else.
Even though labor and delivery is a natural process, things can go awry. If you believe your baby’s birth injury was caused by the medical negligence of your doctor, nurse, hospital staff or healthcare facility, you should take the time to discuss your situation with an experienced medical malpractice attorney. You may be entitled to compensation that can help pay medical bills and for the care of your baby. This is important because birth injuries can cause a lifetime of physical and financial complications. Contact Trombly & Singer, PLLC for a free consultation.
What are Some Complications that Can Cause a Birth Injury During Delivery?
There are many unfortunate situations that can arise during the labor and delivery process that could put the mother and baby in danger. Attentive medical personnel should be supervising the progress of the labor in person and by monitor to make sure no problems arise. Of course, proper precautions should be in place to handle any unforeseen challenges.
If a problem does present itself, the doctors and nurses should be prepared to handle any emergency procedures and to administer necessary medications. Here are some of the circumstances that can result in a serious birth injury:
Failure to notice the baby is in distress such as:
- lack of or reduced oxygen to the baby
- bleeding inside the baby’s brain
- twisted or damaged umbilical cord
- the baby’s position in the womb (breech or sideways)
Delay or failure to perform a medically necessary Cesarean Section
- Complication with a VBAC (vaginal birth after C-Section) delivery
- Uterine rupture
- Placental Abruption
- Excessive use of force by the doctor during the delivery
- Miscalculating the size of the baby (possibly causing failure to recommend a C-Section or vice versa)
What Are Some of the Most Common Birth Injuries that Occur During Delivery?
- When complications arise, these birth injuries can occur:
- Traumatic brain injuries like Cerebral Palsy
- Assisted Delivery Complications – Forceps/vacuum injuries
- Nerve Damage – Erb’s Palsy and Brachial Plexus Palsy
- Skeletal problems such as shoulder dystocia
- Breathing issues like Perinatal Asphyxia or Meconium Aspiration Syndrome
If your baby has suffered any of these or another birth injury, it’s quite likely that with the proper care by quick-acting medical personnel, the infant will recover. However, in other more unfortunate cases, the baby can suffer lifelong damage as a result of the injury. For example, lack of oxygen can cause brain damage resulting in Cerebral Palsy, epilepsy, and autism. Other injuries can cause lifelong heart, lung and skeletal issues that cause developmental challenges.
Regardless of the cause of the birth trauma or the nature of the injury itself, it’s completely natural to feel overwhelmed by the news that your newborn is in pain and suffering due to the negligence of others. Additionally, the economic impact associated with medical bills and financial burden regarding having to care for a child with special needs can take an incredible emotional toll on everyone involved.
Contact an experienced Washington D.C. birth injury attorney
Trombly & Singer, PLLC is an experienced personal injury law firm serving Washington D.C. and the surrounding areas. Our firm handles all medical malpractice cases, especially ones involving infants and mothers. You and your infant deserve the proper care. If you believe that negligence led to a birth injury, contact Trombly & Singer, PLLC for a consultation today.