Birth trauma, or birth injury, typically refers to injuries endured as a result of a complicated birth. There are several types of trauma, ranging from mild, such as minor bruising, to very severe, such as brain and central nervous system damage. Cerebral palsy is one of the most serious health problems resulting from birth trauma and/or medical malpractice during labor or delivery. This condition occurs when the baby experiences a lack of oxygen to the brain during childbirth.
Common Sources of Birthing Malpractice
Medical malpractice during labor and delivery can cause a variety of damage and lifelong complications to both the mother and child. Errors that can result in injury include:
- Failure to predict birth complications or other dangerous conditions
- Improper response to umbilical cord entrapment or a baby in breech position
- Failure to respond to fetal distress
- Delay in performing cesarean section
- Failure to anticipate and plan accordingly for a large baby
- Misuse of forceps, vacuum extractor or other equipment used during delivery
- Inappropriate administration of Pitocin or Cytotec
In addition to these precautions, injuries can also take place in post-delivery care. These injuries include failure to recognize an infection or mistakes made during circumcision. When appropriate care is not exercised by doctors and nurses, the mother and her child are at risk for injuries that can last a lifetime. Medical malpractice during childbirth can even result in death of the mother or baby.
Contact a Malpractice Attorney
If you, a loved one, or your child has suffered birth trauma, you need to seek counsel from an experienced medical malpractice attorney. Lifetime injuries resulting from birth trauma require medical attention such as treatment, therapy, surgery and equipment. Costs associated with these injuries are significant. In order to recover the most damages and compensation from the insurance company, you need a medical malpractice attorney that has a proven track record of success in birth trauma and medical malpractice cases.