Birth injuries can transform a joyous occasion into something terrifying and unknown for parents. Despite medical advances and extreme precautionary measures, negligent accidents can still occur during delivery. It is important to seek the appropriate legal aid if your family has been affected by the negligence of a medical professional.
While not common with only one in 10,000 newborns suffering a birth injury, the care and treatment needed after its occurrence can last a lifetime. Having a good lawyer will ensure that you get compensation for the trauma, current care and future estimated care costs associated with the birth injury.
Birth injuries can be caused by a multitude of things, but there are a few things that make birth trauma more likely. Larger babies, classified as those weighing over 8 pounds, 13 ounces are more likely to suffer injuries like broken clavicles or shoulder dystocia. Babies delivered prematurely or before the 37th week of pregnancy are also at greater risk of birth injuries.
Common birth injuries to infants include:
- Erb’s Palsy
- Cerebral Palsy
- Brachial Plexus
- Bone Fractures
- Muscle Tears
Birth injuries don’t just apply to newborns. Mothers can be victims of malpractice during birth as well. Many expectant mothers may unknowingly suffer birth injuries including pelvic fractures, pelvic floor muscle damage or perineal tears. These injuries could lead to incontinence or pain during intercourse. Often mothers do not realize they have suffered these traumas as most go undiagnosed.
Mothers birthing via C-section are also at risk of birth injuries. Any surgical procedure poses the risk of causing blood clots. If a clot forms and dislodges it could put the new mother in a life-threatening situation.
You will most likely need an experienced lawyer to represent you, bearing in mind that you must deal with difficult parties and legal complexities before you can receive your due compensation. Remember to be quick about hiring an attorney or otherwise risk missing the deadline for filing your injury claim, as stipulated in your state’s statute of limitations. At Oswalt Law Group, our attorneys are always available for a free consultation about your injury case, so call us today on (602) 225-2222 to see how we can help you.