Do you suspect your baby’s birth injury was caused by medical malpractice? Here, we explain common causes and types of birth injuries caused by negligence.

How Doctor Errors Can Lead to Life-Long Catastrophic Birth Injuries

The birth of a baby is supposed to be a joyous event. However, this can turn into a tragic nightmare if a baby suffers a preventable birth injury caused by a doctor’s error. This can leave the infant suffering with debilitating medical conditions that can result in his permanent disability. If you suspect that your baby suffered a birth injury due to your physician’s medical malpractice, you need the assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney to hold the doctor responsible for compensating your baby for his injuries.

Common Medical Errors That Lead to Devastating Birth Injuries

The birth process is complicated, and not all birth injuries are caused by a doctor’s error. However, when a doctor fails to provide the standard of medical care required in his profession and makes mistakes that lead to a birth injury or an injury to the mother, he may be committing medical malpractice. While physicians can make a variety of mistakes causing birth injuries, some of the most common ones are:

  • Improperly using birth-assisting tools
  • Failing to properly diagnose and promptly treat fetal distress
  • Failing to perform an emergency cesarean section (C-section) when necessary
  • Not monitoring and controlling the infant’s oxygen intake
  • Administering improper medications
  • Failing to use proper procedures when the baby is suffering shoulder dystocia—where his shoulder is wedged under the mother’s pelvic bone

Birth Injuries Caused by Medical Errors

Injuries caused during delivery often affect the baby’s brain, but can also injure other parts of his body and result in life-long disability or death. Common birth injuries caused by negligence include:

  • Cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is an injury to a part of the brain that can interfere with muscle coordination and body movement. This can result in a baby never being able to walk, talk, eat, or perform other activities like a healthy child. It is caused by many types of negligence, like failure to provide oxygen or respond to fetal distress.
  • Erb’s palsy. Erb’s palsy results when the brachial plexus nerves—which are between the shoulder and neck—are injured. This can cause paralysis of the shoulder, arm, and/or hand. It is caused when the baby’s shoulder gets stuck under the mother’s pelvic bone, and the doctor does not employ a proper medical procedure to dislodge the baby’s shoulder without causing injury. Erb’s palsy is especially tragic because it is almost always preventable.
  • Facial paralysis. Too much pressure on the baby’s face during delivery can cause facial nerve damage and temporary or permanent facial paralysis. Improper use of forceps is one of the errors that can lead to this condition.
  • Brain injuries. In addition to cerebral palsy, an infant can suffer with chronic seizures and other brain injuries due to lack of oxygen that lead to physical disabilities, cognitive disabilities, and many other life-long problems. Not monitoring the baby’s oxygen level, not delivering the baby quickly enough, or umbilical cord problems are a few of the causes of catastrophic brain injuries.

Did your baby suffer a birth injury due to a doctor’s negligence?  You must pursue his claim for compensation for him so that his needs are taken care of throughout his life. To learn about your child’s legal options and how our experienced personal injury attorneys can help, call our office today to schedule your free consultation.


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