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Obstetrical and Health Care Provider Errors

Making a determination that malpractice caused a birth injury is best left to experienced professionals. A skilled malpractice lawyer can examine your situation and tell you whether it is worth the time to bring a lawsuit for the injury your infant sustained and can advise you on filing before the statute of limitations runs out.

Some areas that can give rise to a birth injury caused by negligence include the following:

  • Cesarean section—The failure to administer a cesarean section when the mother or infant is in distress can result in injury or trauma.
  • Insufficient or incorrect pre-natal care—Failure to administer proper care such as certain screenings or blood tests during pregnancy can lead to an injury at birth.
  • Very large baby—A baby who is too large will not be able to fit down the birth canal.
  • Failure to act quickly—Infant bleeding, irregular heartbeat, distress, and umbilical cord issues are some emergencies that require prompt action.
  • Improper use of forceps or vacuum extractor leading to brain damage
  • Pitocin—The hormone Pitocin speeds up delivery and can cause birth injuries or trauma.

Common birth injuries that can occur due to physician or other health care provider errors include:

  • Subconjunctival hemorrhage —The breakage of small blood vessels in the eyes of an infant
  • Caput succedaneum—A severe swelling of the soft tissues of the scalp of an infant that occurs when the baby travels through the birth canal
  • Brachial palsy
  • Fractures of the clavicle or collarbone
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Erbs palsy
  • Klumpke’s palsy

Always seek legal guidance if your baby is hurt through medical malpractice.