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Questions about Birth Injuries
What are some of the causes of Birth Injuries?
Some possible common causes of birth injuries include medical negligence, such as administration of improper drugs or failure to give oxygen to the newborn, breech delivery, delayed caesarean section, infection, or mother’s medical issues. Another potential cause of birth injury is when the prenatal care results in a wrong calculation of the due date, resulting in a post-mature baby.
What are some common types of Birth Injuries?
Some of the most common types of birth injuries are brachial plexus injuries, including Erb’s Palsy, brain injuries, including Cerebral Palsy, infections, paralysis, untreated jaundice, clavicle fractures, spinal cord injuries, soft tissue injuries, excessive bleeding. In almost all of these cases, the birth injury is preventable.
Are birth defects the same thing as Birth Injuries?
A birth injury is harm caused during the pregnancy or childbirth. Birth defects may be caused by medical negligence during pregnancy, but they can also be caused by genetics, environmental factors, or meications. Proper testing can detect birth defects early in a pregnancy.
When is Medical Negligence responsible for Birth Injuries?
Health care professionals who are negligent in their care for the mother and child during pregnancy or birth may cause several different problems that result in birth injuries. Medical negligence may be responsible for oxygen deprivation causing Cerebral Palsy or other traumatic brain injuries. Another example is failure to appreciate shoulder dystocia, which can in turn lead to a brachial plexus injury or Erb’s Palsy. These are birth injuries that are frequently the result of doctors or nurses failing at their job.
Who is responsible for Birth Injuries if Medical Negligence is to blame?
In addition to the nurses and doctors in attendance, birth injuries may also be caused by anesthesiologists, emergency room staff, and even pharmaceutical companies.
What should I do if I suspect my child has suffered a Birth Injury?
Seek immediate medical attention for your child. You may find the damage can be stopped or even reversed, which will help begin your child’s recovery. You should then speak with an experienced medical malpractice attorney.
If your child has suffered a birth injury in the Baltimore, Maryland area, please contact the experienced Baltimore birth injury attorneys at the Yost Legal Group for an initial case evaluation. Even if your child suffered a birth injury in another state or the District of Columbia, contact us. We can get you the compensation you deserve.
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Disclaimer: The Baltimore Injury Attorneys of The Yost Legal Group provide information about personal injury lawsuits, including Birth Defects, Traumatic Brain Injuries and Medical Malpractice. It is not meant to be taken as formal legal advice. If you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence, please contact an injury lawyer at our Baltimore, Maryland office today.