Throughout the ages, the process of child birth has become safer and safer
due to advancements in medical understanding and technology. According
to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, only 3% of newborns
in the country will be born with some sort of birth defect or injury.
However, such complications are the leading cause of infant deaths, and
can be preventable in most cases.
Common forms of birth injuries include:
Caput succedaneum: Enlarged scalp and cranial swelling, caused by excess vacuum pressure during
Bruises, marks, and wounds: Physical injuries caused by the misuse of forceps that are often used
by doctors to help deliver a child.
Bone fractures and nerve damage: Severe and often permanent injuries that are caused when a child is improperly
and forcibly pulled during deliver; brachial palsy is a common form of
nerve damage that paralyzes a child’s upper arm or shoulder.
Spina bifida: Incorrectly formed spinal growth that can cause nerve damage and paralysis
in severe cases.
Brain damage: Children may suffer permanent brain damage, or lessened cognitive development,
that manifests as one of many conditions; brain damage can be caused either
by physical exertion upon a child’s head during delivery, or a lack
of oxygen before birth.
The thread between all of these birth injuries is that many are caused by
medical malpractice that could have been entirely preventable. In some cases, the doctors
present during a child’s birth make critical mistakes that endanger
the mother and child, such as pulling too hard on a newborn or failing
to perform a C-section surgery when necessary. In other situations, medical
malpractice occurs due to an obstetrician’s failure to recognize
telltale signs of fetal distress. Even nurses that look after a newborn
for a few hours or days after a child is born may contribute to medical
malpractice if they do not properly monitor the child. Overall, each medical
practitioner needs to act with the utmost care when working with pregnant
mothers and babies, and they should not need to be reminded of this cornerstone
principle of their duties.
If you, your child, or the mother of your child suffered a birth-related
injury due to medical malpractice, it is time to consider your legal options
to seek compensation. Call
845.340.HURT (4878) to connect with our Kingston medical malpractice attorneys at Mainetti,
Mainetti & O'Connor, P.C. We bring 100+ years of total personal
injury claim experience and real compassion and care to each case we accept.
When you are pursuing damages caused by a doctor’s negligence, you
can depend on us to do the legwork while you focus on your own wellbeing
and that of your child.
Free consultations are available –
schedule yours now.