The birth of a child is supposed to be one of the most joyous occasions a family experiences. They trust the doctors or midwives to deliver the baby safely into the world, protecting the child from harm throughout the process. When protocol is breached and an error occurs, the results can be devastating, causing long-term defects, nerve damage or death.
Not only are these injuries difficult for the family to cope with and adjust to, they are potentially the source of painful and expensive conditions that will follow the child through life.
Common Birth Trauma And Injuries
At the Shanks Law Firm, we are prepared to represent the interests of families and parents of children who have suffered the pain of birth injury. Working with a skilled network of doctors and health care providers, we quickly evaluate the nature of the injury and what needs to be done to pursue damages.
Common birth injuries include:
Erb’s palsy — This occurs when the child’s arm becomes stuck on the mother’s pelvic bone during labor. This results in nerve damage, sometimes significant, which often limits the child’s use of the arm throughout life.
Cerebral palsy — This condition is often caused when the child is limited from breath during labor, generally due to the error of the doctor or staff. This can create serious disability for the child throughout life.
Nerve injury from forceps — At times during labor, it may become necessary for the doctor to use forceps to get the child through the birth canal. This is a risky procedure and can result in serious damage to the baby’s face or lasting nerve damage.
Other common birth injuries include brachial plexus palsy, shoulder dystocia, oxygen deprivation, meningitis, cranial nerve trauma, intracranial hemorrhages, facial paralysis, and forms of physical and nerve damage.