A birthing injury is any injury suffered by a newborn during the childbirth process
This includes an injury resulting from care administered to the baby’s mother prior to delivery.
Any injury at birth can have lasting effects on a baby’s development to the point of permanently altering the child’s life and future.
Examples of birth injuries include:
- Bruising that occurs during delivery, especially when forceps are used to help extract the baby.
- Fractured bones (e.g. the collar bone) as a consequence of a breech delivery.
- Brain damage resulting from oxygen deprivation if the umbilical cord wraps around the baby’s neck.
- Brachial Palsy affecting the nerves of the arm and hand if the child’s shoulders are too large to pass easily through the birth canal.
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At times, injuries stem from physician negligence, which can arise under a variety of circumstances. Any time there are complications during birth, time is of the essence. If a physician fails to appropriately recognize and address the situation and take the appropriate countermeasures, then the physician is negligent and can be held accountable.
If, for instance, a doctor does not order a cesarean section when the procedure is the only safe way to deliver the baby, the physician can be held liable for the consequences. Additionally, if the physician handles the child roughly during birth, and injuries result, the doctor is at fault.
At the Bernard Law Group, our attorneys have the necessary experience to recognize negligence in the child birthing process. We negotiated a $1.6 million settlement in a case where the defendants denied they were at fault for a uterine rupture that resulted in loss of blood and brain damage for the child. In the end, however, the defendants settled in the face of our vigorous and dedicated litigation on behalf of the baby and its parents.
If you feel that your child suffered a birth injury, please do not hesitate to contact the Bernard Law Group for a consultation. We will hold negligent parties responsible for their actions, and will get you the monetary compensation you deserve to help cover the costs of medical bills, necessary lifelong care for your baby, and other costs that have arisen due to negligence.
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