When your baby is born, there is a small risk that they will sustain a birth injury that could require ongoing care or even affect the rest of their life.
Common birth injuries include:
- Brachial palsy: This most commonly occurs when there is trouble delivering the baby’s shoulder. It causes the baby to lose the ability to flex and rotate their arm. Eighty percent of babies typically recover from brachial palsy, also commonly known as Erb’s Palsy.
- Bruising and forceps marks: Signs of bruising on the face or head due to the trauma of passing through the birth canal or contact with the mother’s pelvic bones or tissue, as well as forceps used with delivery.
- Cerebral palsy: Cerebral palsy is a group of disorders that affect the brain’s control over muscles and the nervous system. It develops due to brain damage shortly before or during birth.
- Facial paralysis: Cause by pressure on the baby’s face that can injure the baby’s facial nerve or when forceps are used for delivery.
- Caput succedaneum: This is a significant swelling of the soft tissues of the baby’s scalp and develops as the baby travels through the birth canal. The swelling will typically go away within a few days without problems.
- Subconjunctival hemorrhage: This breakage of small blood vessels in the eyes of the baby doesn’t cause lasting eye damage and typically heals within a week to 10 days.
Has Your Baby Suffered From a Birth Injury?
If your child suffered an injury during birth due to negligence or a mistake at the hands of your doctor or another healthcare provider, you may qualify for a birth injury lawsuit. There are many reasons to go through with a lawsuit, including:
- Payment for medical bills: For some birth injuries, this medical care may include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, or even surgery. The treatment may also be ongoing as the child gets older.
- Payment for necessary equipment: Some birth injuries, such as cerebral palsy, may require equipment for your house to make the life of your child as easy as possible.
- Help other families: By going through with a birth injury lawsuit, you are raising awareness of the condition and the associated risks, as well of the causes, which includes medical malpractice or medical mistake during birth.
If your baby has suffered from a birth injury, do not hesitate to reach out to an attorney for advice on your options. Experienced attorneys will typically provide you advice and take your case on a contingency basis, meaning they are only paid when you win the case.