A Birth Injury Can Have Life-Long Effects
Giving birth to a child is one of life's greatest events. After 9 months, when that child is ready to be delivered, a special bond has formed between mother and child. The last thing that you want is for your child to incur a birth injury. If problems arise during delivery and are not handled correctly, a birth injury can result, and these injuries can have a severe effect on the quality of life that your child lives. Below, the experienced attorneys at Maloney-Lyons, LLC, discuss three of the most common birth injuries that occur as a result of medical malpractice.
Brachial Plexus Injury (BPI)
BPIs involve damage to the group of nerves that originate in the spine and go down through the neck, shoulder, arm, and hand. If the roots of this nerve group are entirely dislodged from the spine, the result is complete paralysis.
If there is insufficient blood flow to the infant, or not enough oxygen in the blood, Perinatal Asphyxia can occur. Labored breathing, pale complexion, seizures, comas, and shock are all symptoms. While some cases of this birth injury clear up over time, in other cases permanent neurological damage can result in a life-long injury.
There are many factors that can cause Cerebral Palsy including failure to properly monitor the infant’s heart rate before and during delivery, failure to notice a prolapsed umbilical cord, and failure to perform, or delay in performing, a Cesarean Section when the infant is too large to fit through the birth canal. Cerebral Palsy is characterized by muscle spasms, weak muscles, and a lack of motor skill development. There is no cure.
A birth injury is serious and can have life-long effects on both the child and his or her family, which is why it’s important to understand your rights as a victim and know when to call a personal injury attorney. Call (800) 809-3669 today to discuss your birth injury case with an experienced personal injury attorney at Maloney-Lyons, LLC.