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Facts About Birth Injuries

Did A Doctor's Negligence During Delivery Harm Your Child?

Some deliveries are smoother than others — and some, unfortunately, result in a newborn who has suffered severe brain damage or some other neurological or physical injury. A flawed delivery can cause severe mental impairment, paralysis, cerebral palsy or some other condition that potentially requires decades of treatments and therapy.

If you can show that a doctor or nurse was directly responsible for your child's injury, you may have the grounds to file a medical malpractice claim.

Birth Injuries Can Manifest Themselves In Various Ways

As a general rule, the cause of the most serious birth injuries is hypoxia: the inability of the newborn infant to get enough oxygen. As a baby emerges from the womb, he must make the transition from obtaining his oxygen supply via the umbilical cord to breathing with his own lungs. For this reason, any complications during birth that prevent the baby from making this transition can result in hypoxia, which can result in injuries such as:

  • Cerebral palsy, a condition in which the child loses control of its motor functions because of brain damage. Cerebral palsy cannot be cured, and often confines the affected individual to a wheelchair for the rest of his or her life. At the very least, the child will have serious developmental issues, and will require an increased level of medical care.
  • Partial or total paralysis. If the lack of oxygen has an especially severe effect on the newborn's cerebellum, rather than his cerebrum, the result can be total paralysis of the legs or one side of the body (what is known as paraplegia), or paralysis of all voluntary muscle functions from the neck down (quadriplegia).
  • Learning or personality disorders. The brain is a very delicate organ, and scientists are still learning how deprivation of oxygen during birth can affect a child's prospects later in life. Hypoxia during delivery can have a spectrum of consequences down the road, ranging from mental illness to mental retardation.

One of the aspects that makes hypoxia during birth so harmful is that the effects may not manifest themselves for months or years, long after the child has been discharged from the hospital with a "clean" bill of health. Only later do the parents realize that their child experienced hypoxia during birth, by which time it's much more difficult to file a medical malpractice claim.

Was Your Child Injured During Birth? Call My Law Firm Today.

If you suspect that your child suffered a lack of oxygen during birth — or any other injury that can be traced to the malpractice of the attending doctors or nurses — call me at 806-763-1944 for a free consultation. You can also schedule an appointment by completing my online intake form. During our consultation, I will advise you on your legal options and explain what can be done to make you and your child financially whole.

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