Boca Raton, FL, USA, 07/01/2016 /SubmitPressRelease123/
Childbirth is an amazing and complex process that is, for most mothers, stressful if medically uneventful. However all too often infants can become vulnerable to catastrophic injuries before and during the delivery, according to the Boca Raton birth injury attorneys at Osborne & Associates.
There were 4.3 million childbirths in the country’s hospitals in 2006, making the delivery of newborns the most common reason for hospitalization according to the Hospitalization Cost and Utilization Project. That year nearly 157,700 injuries to mothers and newborns occurred during childbirth that may have been avoided.
Because of the complexity of the human body and the many things that can go wrong during a delivery there are many issues and factors that can lead to a serious birth injury.
· A difficult delivery, increasing the risk of injury to the baby, may happen because the birth canal is too small or the child is too large.
· The baby is in an abnormal position before birth.
· Bleeding in the brain (intracranial hemorrhage) of the baby is caused by the rupture of a blood vessel within the skull. Bleeding around the brain may be caused by a deformity of the skull during delivery. This problem is more common with very premature infants.
· Nerve damage and weakness of the muscles on one side of the baby’s face could be caused by pressure on the facial nerve from forceps used during delivery or by pressure on the baby’s head against the mother’s pelvis.
· During a difficult delivery of a large infant, weakness or paralysis of a baby’s arm or hand can be caused by stretching and injuring some of the larger nerves in one of the newborn’s arms.
· Permanent injuries to the spinal cord causing paralysis may be caused by overstretching the child during delivery.
· Perinatal asphyxia occurs when not enough blood goes to the newborn’s tissues or when there is not enough oxygen in the blood. This may be caused by a genetic abnormality, an infection, exposure to certain drugs before birth, pressure on the umbilical cord, a clot in one of the blood vessels in the umbilical cord, a sudden loss of blood or the placenta cannot provide enough oxygen to the baby during labor.
As a result of these difficulties common types of birth injuries include,
· Cerebral Palsy,
· Shoulder Dystocia,
· Erb’s Palsy/brachial plexus injuries,
· Brain injuries caused by improper use of vacuum extractors, and
· Untreated jaundice.
There are many possible mistakes by healthcare providers that could result in birth injuries and they’re not limited to the delivery room.
· A physician may have overlooked conditions with the mother or fetus during the pregnancy that may have increased the risk of injuries or if the conditions were recognized the physician didn’t take proper steps to address them.
· Modern medicine has developed monitoring techniques that should assist in the early detection of stress to your baby. There are several treatment options that your medical team can use, ranging from having the mother move to a different position during delivery to performing a C-section.
If you suspect that your child has suffered a birth injury, contact the birth injury attorneys at Osborne & Associates now. We can discuss what happened and gather evidence concerning the delivery and your treatment to help us determine if you have a valid legal claim against your health care providers.