During the birth process a baby can suffer physical injury that is the result of an action or inaction taken by a health care provider. Healthcare providers, both doctors and nurses, should be knowledgeable and trained to watch for and identify problems. During birth a mistake can have catoptric and life changing affects and scarring. Injuries that are often associated with birth injuries include: cerebral palsy, bruising or forceps marks, subconjuntival hemorrhage, facial paralysis, brachial palsy, brachial plexus, and fractures.
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Cerebral Palsy is one of the most serious problems caused by medical malpractice during labor or child birth. A known cause of Cerebral Palsy is a lack of oxygen to the brain. A lack of oxygen to the brain can have consequences that are catastrophic to the baby even including permanent brain injury. Cerebral Palsy has a lifelong impact on the baby and their family. Doctors have the tools and training to prevent and treat these situations; however, doctors often times fail to appropriately monitor the fetal heart rate, fail to detect a prolapsed umbilical cord, fail to schedule a cesarean section procedure when the baby is too large to safely pass the through the birth canal, and negligent mistakes in using tools like the vacuum and forceps.
Facial paralysis can occur from pressure on the baby’s face causing the nerves to be injured. This is often associated with forceps use during delivery. The injury can often be seen when the baby cries. There will be no movement on the side of the injury. Surgery may be required if the nerve is torn.
Brachial palsy occurs when the group of nerves that supplies the arms and hands are injured. This injury is seen when the baby’s shoulder has difficult delivering called shoulder dystocia. This injury causes the baby to lose the ability to flex and rotate their arm. If the nerves are torn there may be permanent nerve damage.
Fractures of the clavicle or collarbone can occur during delivery. The fracture may occur when there is difficulty delivering the shoulder of the baby. This injury can be noticed when the baby has difficulty moving their arm on the side of the break.
It is free to call and ask an attorney at Grayson & Grayson to review the accident that caused you or your loved one’s injury. The lawyers at Grayson & Grayson will answer your questions and give you advice on resolving all your concerns. For best results contact us as soon as possible so we can begin our investigation and protecting you from tricky insurance adjusters, investigators, and defense lawyers. Grayson & Grayson is located in Jefferson City and represents clients throughout Missouri including St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield, Columbia, and Joplin. Grayson & Grayson helps people in counties all over Missouri including Cole, Callaway, Boone, Camden, Cass, Clay, Crawford, Dent, Franklin, Gasconade, Jasper, Jackson, St. Louis, Miller, Moniteau, Morgan, Osage, Phelps, and many more.