Families that find themselves dealing with a birth injury are not alone. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that birth injuries impact one in every 33 babies throughout the country. This translates to roughly 3% of all babies born in the U.S.
What are common types and causes of birth injuries?
A brachial plexus injury is one common example. This results from the baby’s shoulder getting stuck within the birth canal during delivery. In serious cases, this can lead to permanent damage to the infant’s nervous system within the shoulder and paralysis of the infant’s arm.
It is not uncommon for an obstetrician to use forceps or vacuum extraction to help aid in the birth of the infant. Use of these tools can lead to bruises or lacerations. In some cases, this can also result in facial paralysis.
A lack of oxygen during the labor and delivery process is another common cause of birth injury. This can result in brain injuries. In the medical community, this is referred to as a hypoxic-ischemic brain injury. This can also lead to the development of cerebral palsy.
Is there any help for victims of birth injuries?
Birth injuries are particularly devastating to families because they can result in permanent disabilities. Children may need additional care for physical and cognitive disabilities throughout their lives. In many cases, prompt medical intervention can help to reduce the impact of these injuries.
Needed medical intervention can come with a heavy financial cost. A family that is already dealing with emotional turmoil that comes with a birth injury may find it difficult to deal with the bills and expenses that also accompany the accident. Our legal system has provided the ability for victims to hold negligent medical professionals accountable for wrongdoing that results in such accidents. These med mal claims are important for victims, as they can result in the funds needed to cover these expenses.