In 2012, there were 3,952,841 babies born in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While millions of these babies were born healthy, thousands suffered from birth injuries or trauma. While some birth injuries occur from natural causes, others are preventable and occur only as a result of a physician’s or another medical professional’s negligent actions or lack of proper care.
A birth injury can be one of the most devastating things for a new parent, and in severe cases can have life-long consequences for the child. If your child has been the victim of a birth injury, lawyers in Bucks County at Cordisco & Saile LLC can help you pursue compensation for damages to which you are entitled.
Types of Birth Injuries in the United States
While some types of birth injuries are mild or relatively inconsequential, others can be traumatic, severe, and cause permanent injury to a newborn baby.
Some of the types of birth injuries include the following.
- caput succedaneum, or the swelling of the soft tissues of the baby’s scalp.
- cephalohematoma, or bleeding under the cranial bones.
- bruising and lacerations from incorrect use of forceps.
- facial paralysis.
- brachial plexus palsies like Erb's palsy.
- and, fractures.
Additionally, other types of birth injuries may include cerebral palsy, hemorrhages, perinatal asphyxia, traumatic brain injuries, and spinal cord injuries. If your child suffered serious injuries, call birth injury lawyers in Bucks County to review your case and eligibility to file a claim.
Causes of Birth Injuries
Birth injuries typically occur during the labor and delivery process, although some injuries can occur during the gestation processes and go undetected or unreported by a physician.
In some cases, the birth injury is a naturally occurring injury like those that result from the following.
- baby’s birth weight.
- a difficult or prolonged labor.
- the size and shape of the mother’s pelvis.
- or, the position of the baby at the time of birth.
However, while some birth injuries occur from natural causes, others are the result of physician negligence. When a doctor or other healthcare professional fails to act quickly, appropriately, or responsibly, birth injuries are more likely to occur.
In fact, injuries are caused by a physician’s improper use of forceps or vacuum extractors when removing the baby from the birthing canal.
- spinal cord injuries.
- and, brain injuries.
In other cases, poor management of labor and delivery by a physician might contribute to injuries such as brachial plexus palsy from shoulder dystocia (baby's shoulders get stuck on mother's pelvic bones). Perinatal hypoxia might be the result of failing to detect an abnormal fetal heartbeat and failing to respond appropriately.
While some birth injuries, such as bruises, will heal and not result in permanent injury, others, such as perinatal hypoxia or cerebral palsy, can cause permanent damage and have long-term effects. In cases such as these, the life of the child may forever be impaired as a result of a mistake made during the gestation or birthing process.
Seeking Legal Counsel: Call Birth Injury Lawyers in Bucks County
If your child has suffered a birth injury because of the negligence of mismanagement of a physician or other medical professional, he or she may be entitled to compensation for injuries. In the case that a medical professional acted negligently, or did not provide a certain standard of care, and if that negligence led to your child’s injury, then the medical professional may be liable for the birth injury.
A birth injury attorney in Bucks County can help determine if your case meets these criteria and qualifies for a claim to recover damages.
If you suspect that a medical professional’s irresponsible actions were the cause of your child’s injury, seek legal advice with birth injury lawyers in Bucks County at Cordisco & Saile LLC. For questions regarding negligence, what types of compensation you may be eligible to recover, and how to go about filing a claim for damages, contact us today at 215-642-2335 to get started.