Birth Injuries: The Cruel Results of Medical Negligence

Modern medicine provides doctors and mothers options that will make giving birth faster and less painful. In every procedure, however, are tradeoffs which present dangers, about which, it has been discovered, many mothers are never told about.

These dangers often result to birth injuries which, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), number to 28,000 annually; those that result to children’s death, however, reach almost 9,000, as stated on the website of the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter. The sad reality is, these dangers are nothing more than consequences of acts of negligence, which means that these are totally preventable had proper care been observed.

Some common examples of acts of negligence are hospital practices that lead to medical errors, a doctor’s too much dependence on modern medical devices, a doctor failing to dedicate the time to prepare for proper birth and a doctor dangerously performing a rush delivery.

Based on a 2006 study that was reported to the National Vital Statistics Reports for the Center for Disease Control, some of the birth injuries that are cited most include:

  • Brachial Plexus Injury (BPI): Refers to damage to the bundle of nerves that run from the upper spine to the hand. This injury can cause temporary or permanent disability.
  • Bone Fracture: A result of a difficult or complicated delivery which affects the collar bone or clavicle the most. This injury usually heals on its own.
  • Cephalohematoma: This happens when the blood between the skull and the skin’s inner layers pools unnecessarily.
  • Caput Succedaneum: Due to too much pressure during delivery, swelling of the scalp is its usual result. This injury, though, is not life-threatening and usually heals on its own.
  • Cerebral Palsy: Damage to the brain before or at birth which causes impaired muscle coordination. There is no known cure for this type of birth injury.

According to the website of the Law Offices of Williams Kherkher, thousands of medical malpractice lawsuits have been filed in the past, all citing negligence as the cause of errors that resulted in birth injuries. The parents of the injured child have a right to seek justice through legal actions, to make all those who committed the errors or malpractice answer for their negligence. Seeking help from seasoned child injury lawyers may entitle parents to the compensation needed in providing the necessary medical treatment that their injured child needs.

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