According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are nearly four million babies born in the United States every year. As much as every parent wants the birth of their child to be complication-free, that's obviously not always an option in some cases.
Many children are injured during birth from one of two reasons: either there were unavoidable complications and the doctor had to act in the most appropriate way to deliver the baby safely, or the doctor made a decision during the pregnancy or delivery that ultimately and wrongly caused the infant to be injured. If the doctor acted in such a way that other specialists in his field would not deem as appropriate, it is possible that the baby's injuries were the result of medical malpractice and you may be able to recover damages because of this.
Some birth injuries are more common than others, though they are not always the result of medical malpractice:
- Bruising or Contusions. A newborn baby's body is incredibly delicate, and even the slightest bit of pressure can cause some bruising. Mild bruising that heals in a few days is not usually a problem, but if a doctor applies too much pressure, some serious bruising can occur. If a birth is not moving along in the way a doctor hopes, he may opt to use forceps or a vacuum to try and get the baby out. That type of pressure can cause injuries to the baby's skull, possibly causing indentations on the head, lacerations, or swelling.
- Brain Injury Resulting in Cerebral Palsy. Cerebral palsy can develop before, during, or after birth, but during birth, it is generally caused by lack of oxygen to the brain. This brain injury is called hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy. If a baby is denied oxygen for too long, brain tissue can be destroyed. Cerebral palsy affects muscle control, muscle coordination, muscle tone, reflex, posture, and balance. It can also impact a child's fine motor skills, gross motor skills, or oral motor functioning.
- Brachial Palsy Injuries. Also referred to as Erb's Palsy and Klumpke's Palsy, this happens when the bunch of nerves that control movement in the arms and hands is injured. Most times this happens when a baby's shoulders make it difficult for it to move properly through the birth canal. In minor cases this will cause bruising or swelling, but in more serious cases, nerve damage can occur.
If you believe your child is suffering from debilitating injuries that are the result of medical malpractice in Connecticut, contact the attorneys at the Bartinik Law Firm, P.C. for a free consultation by calling 860-445-8521. If your child has endured injuries at the hands of a medical professional, hold that person accountable for the expensive care your son or daughter may need to live a normal life.