Many expectant parents look forward to delivering a healthy baby boy or girl. Unfortunately, many receive the sad news that their baby has been born with a birth injury.
Giving birth is already a stressful experience. Parents should not have to worry about medical malpractice while they’re in labor and delivery. However, birth injuries are more common than you may think.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, just under 4 million babies were born in the United States in 2015—3,978,497, to be exact. It is estimated that as many as eight babies per 1,000 born have suffered a birth injury. This amounts to approximately 28,000 babies every year who are born with a birth injury.
Birth injuries are not the same as defects. Birth injuries are not genetic in nature. They are caused by medical negligence, like failure to take action when the baby is having fetal distress or by using extraction tools incorrectly.
These errors are 100 percent preventable. Sadly, many of these babies suffer lifelong injuries from medical malpractice. Some suffer serious mental and physical disabilities. Some even die.
Common Birth Injuries
In the United States, the 10 most common birth injuries are the following:
- Cerebral palsy
- Perinatal asphyxia
- Bone fractures
- Spinal cord injuries
- Facial paralysis
- Intracranial hemorrhage
- Subconjunctival hemorrhage
- Brachial plexus palsy (also known as Erb’s palsy)
- Caput succedaneum
In Florida, the top three birth injuries are:
- Cerebral palsy. This can occur either through an infection during pregnancy or during labor and delivery. Head trauma caused by incorrect use of forceps and vacuum extraction can cause cerebral palsy, as well as a lack of oxygen to the brain.
- Erb’s palsy. Improper extraction can also cause Erb’s palsy, which is a condition that affects the brachial plexus nerve, located by the shoulder. This nerve is responsible for movement in the arm. If it is injured, it can cause limpness, loss of muscle control and even paralysis.
- Hypoxia. This condition occurs when the baby lacks oxygen in the brain. Hypoxia can cause serious medical issues, including seizures, brain damage and even death.
Why You Should Seek Compensation for Negligence
Medical negligence is not only painful but expensive to treat. While some babies fully recover, some suffer lifelong injuries. They may have physical or mental disabilities. They may struggle to walk, talk and do other normal activities.
As a parent, you will have to adapt to life with a disabled child. This can be time-consuming and costly. If your child has suffered brain injuries, lifelong care could exceed millions of dollars. Even minor injuries can cost tens of thousands of dollars.
It’s important to hold the negligent parties responsible for their actions. By filing a medical malpractice lawsuit, you can recover compensation to pay for medical bills and other damages.
Did Your Child Suffer from Birth Injuries Due to Medical Negligence?
The birth of a child is supposed to be a happy event. Unfortunately, many children suffer from serious injuries due to medical negligence. The sad part is that these errors can often be prevented.
Medical malpractice can affect people of all ages. If your child was a victim, seek legal help to recover compensation for your child’s injuries. The Miami personal injury attorneys at the law offices of Dolan Dobrinsky Rosenblum Bluestein, LLP will aggressively fight for your rights. Request a free consultation by calling our law offices today at 305-371-2692.