While there are many different types of birth injuries which would be caused
by the medical negligence of a health care provider, there are a common
few which may indicate medical malpractice.
Cases of cerebral palsy are one example. Cerebral palsy is an injury to
the brain which occurs at birth as the result of trauma, oxygen deprivation,
a brain hemorrhage, or an infection.
Another type of injury frequently caused by medical malpractice are brachial
plexus injuries. This is damage done to the nerves extending out one’s
vertebra, through the shoulder, down the arm, and into the fingers. When
a baby is pulled by the arm during birth, the pulling can create tears
of the brachial plexus nerves resulting in damage.
Fetal asphyxia is another type of birth injury you should question. Frequently,
this type of injury is caused by inadequate monitoring of the fetal monitoring
strips and mother as she is in labor, or by untrained and inexperienced
eyes who do not know the warning signs. When a baby has oxygen deprivation
during birth, the injuries here can be catastrophic.
Finally, mistakes in caesarian sections can be the result of medical malpractice
caused by an inexperienced, rushing, or reckless surgeon. Errors can result
in the loss of not just the child, but also to the mother. These are significant
procedures which some surgeons fail to recognize how serious the risks
for infection and bleeding really are.