NJ Birth Injuries Lawyers giving support and information on birth injury.
During the course of labor and delivery complications can occur which result in various health problems for a newborn. Collectively, these problems are referred to as birth trauma or birth injuries. Statistics show that approximately 27 out of every 1000 births involve some sort of birth related injury, with cerebral palsy as one of the most common. Other common birth injuries include oxygen deprivation, Erb’s Palsy, Klumpkie’s Palsy and brachial plexus injuries. These injuries are most often the result of medical negligence or error. A baby with a birth injury may make a full recovery or may suffer lifelong physical and or mental limitations.
Birth injuries are generally caused by operative deliveries, whether vaginal or abdominal. Operative delivery means the use of obstetrical forceps, vacuum extraction, or cesarean section to achieve the delivery. Birth injuries are commonly caused by:
Oxygen deprivation which can occur when the umbilical cord is compressed or twisted in the birth process, when the fetus remains in the birth canal for too long without appropriate intervention, or when the unborn fetus chokes on its own meconium.
Mechanical trauma when the unborn fetus has assumed an unusual position at the time of delivery or when the baby is too large to readily pass through the birth canal.
- Excessive force or improper rotational force during the delivery process.
- Excessive or improper use of vacuum extraction and or forceps.
- Delaying the performing of a cesarean section delivery during fetal distress.
- Failure of a midwife to seek the assistance of an obstetrician.
Improper intubation of a newborn requiring oxygen which results in an insufficient amount of oxygen reaching body tissue.
Unfortunately, children with birth injury conditions may never be capable of caring for themselves and the cost of providing for their security and procuring the best possible quality of life for them can be staggering. Additionally, the experience of caring for a child with a birth injury can be extremely stressful and emotional.
Not every birth defect is the result of negligence. Sometimes serious problems arise even where the doctor and other health care providers have done everything reasonably possible to prevent them. It is difficult for parents to make this determination, especially when overwhelmed by the injury to their newborn. If your child suffers from a birth injury that you believe may have been caused by the negligence of a health care provider, you should contact the experienced medical malpractice lawyers at KMH.