Birth Injury Causes
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No one expects to deal with a medical emergency immediately after the birth of their child. When birth injuries occur, families experience some of the most difficult times of their lives. Doctors, nurses, and medical staff must meet the standard of care, no matter how difficult or complex the case may be. Some deliveries present more challenges than others, but ultimately healthcare providers are responsible for what happens to their patients.
What Causes Birth Injuries?
Parents don’t have to accept that their baby’s injury was inevitable; doctors don’t want patients to know how preventable birth injuries are. Birth injuries happen when doctors, midwives, and other members of a medical team fail to respond properly to the situation that is presented by a delivery. Unfortunately for patients, doctors are not required to disclose when they’ve made a medical error.
Medical malpractice happens when a trained medical professional fails to meet the basic standard of care. Obstetrician protocols exist to make sure medical providers spot and resolve health issues quickly to preserve the health of mother and child.
Medical malpractice often happens when:
- A medical worker fails to check a baby or mother’s heart rate
- Fetal distress is ignored
- Tools such as forceps are incorrectly used
- Delivery is delayed
- Failure to recognize when a situation has become dangerous for the mother or child
- A mother’s complaints are ignored
Brain & Neurological Birth Injuries
Injuries to the brain and nerves are some of the most dangerous that babies face. A lack of oxygen typically causes brain injuries. A child experiences a lack of oxygen during delivery for various reasons, including delayed birth, a prolapsed umbilical cord, and respiratory problems. It is the job of the medical team to ensure that every step is taken to restore oxygen to a baby before, during, and after birth.
Common causes of brain injuries include:
- Lack of or loss of flow of oxygen to the brain
The most common issue for babies is brachial plexus injuries. The brachial plexus is a group of nerves located between the shoulders and neck. When these nerves are stretched, torn, or damaged, a child may experience a loss of movement or feeling that last for months, years, or even a lifetime. Brachial plexus injuries are preventable and usually occur when a person uses too much force on the baby’s head and neck during delivery.
Common causes of Neurological issues include:
- Shoulder dystocia
- Improper use of vacuum extractors or forceps
Was Your Child Injured Before, During, Or After Birth? Call Today at (844) 243-9993.
If your child was injured before, during, or after birth, it is likely that the injury could have been prevented if your medical team made better decisions. If you are unsure about your options, it’s best to speak with an experienced birth injury attorney to determine if you have a case. Birth Injury Guide was created to give struggling families a resource to get answers after a birth injury. The best legal help is available to anyone, regardless of their financial situation. Our vast network includes the best best birth injury lawyers in the country, many of whom have won seven or eight-figure results for children injured at birth. Your child deserves to live a normal life—call Birth Injury Guide to start fighting for it.
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