Giving birth to a child is one of the most beautiful and memorable experiences. However, the unfortunate truth is that birth injuries can and do occur, leaving both the mother and child with long-lasting consequences.
These injuries may be the result of medical malpractice, which can warrant a lawsuit. But before you take legal action, it would help if you knew the exact birth injuries that may warrant a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder that affects muscle control and movement. It can be caused by damage to the brain before, during or shortly after birth. Medical malpractice can occur if a doctor fails to recognize signs of fetal distress, such as a drop in the baby’s heart rate, and does not take appropriate action to address the situation. This leads to oxygen deprivation, causing cerebral palsy.
Erb’s palsy is a type of brachial plexus injury that occurs when the nerves in the shoulder and neck are damaged during birth. This can happen if excessive force is used during delivery or if the baby’s shoulder gets stuck behind the mother’s pubic bone. If a doctor fails to recognize the risk factors for Erb’s palsy and takes steps to prevent it, such as ordering a cesarean section, they may be liable for medical malpractice.
Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)
HIE is another type of brain injury that occurs when the brain lacks oxygen and blood flow. This can happen during birth if there is a problem with the umbilical cord or placenta or if the baby’s airway becomes blocked. If a doctor fails to detect signs of fetal distress or takes too long to respond to a medical emergency, they may be held liable for medical malpractice.
Birth injuries can have serious and long-lasting consequences. Therefore, you might want to pursue legal action if your child sustained a severe birth injury due to a medical practitioner’s negligence. Ensure you establish a sound legal strategy to boost your outcomes.