Birth Injury, Cerebral & Erbs Palsy
Errors performed by health care providers when a mother is giving birth can sometimes result in permanent damage to the infant. A birth injury can result in serious, irreversible conditions such as cerebral palsy and Erb's palsy.
Examples of Birth Injury
Below are some examples of injuries from birth:
- A doctor uses vacuum extraction for too long a period of time in delivery, that could lead to the infant developing cerebral palsy.
- During delivery, the baby's shoulders become caught in the mother's pelvic bone. The resulting condition, and failure to quickly deliver the child, could lead to Erb's palsy.
- Despite steadily increasing fetal heart rate and oxygen levels during delivery, an OB/GYN neglects to realize the baby is in distress, and does not act immediately to ascertain a healthy birth. The baby, deprived of oxygen, could suffer lifelong neurological damage.
Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Stemming from Birth Injuries
If you believe that a child sustained a life-altering injury or died due to actions or negligence during delivery, you may be eligible to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. Awards from these lawsuits may include money to compensate for lifelong medical care, loss of income, as well as mental anguish.
There are many standards that define medical malpractice, and they vary from state to state. One of the main considerations of malpractice litigation is whether the health care provider in question provided the appropriate standard of care. Also, it must be ascertained as to whether failure to provide that standard of care resulted in injury, disability or death.
Contact a birth injury attorney to investigate whether malpractice may have played a role in a permanent condition such as cerebral palsy or Erb's palsy. Because there is a statute of limitations on malpractice claims, it is suggested that you speak with an injury lawyer as soon as possible after the medical incident.
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