The birth of a child should be one of the most glorious moments in parents’ lives. Of course, this blissful experience can be completely shattered if the child or mother suffers an injury in the course of delivery, or even in the months preceding it.
Birth injuries happen far too often; statistics from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project suggest that more than 157,000 potentially avoidable injuries occurred in 2006 to newborns and mothers during the course of birth, a number that doesn’t take into account any injuries suffered to either party throughout the pregnancy.
Sadly, birth injuries can be devastating and may result in life-long disabilities for either the mother or child. But if you or your child has been injured before or during childbirth, the following provides information on what might have happened, and where you can turn for help. Give our birth injury lawyers a call for legal assistance.
Birth Injuries Occur in a Variety of Ways
One of the most well-known potential birth injuries is cerebral palsy, a disorder that can lead to communication issues, mobility issues, and even pain throughout the course of the child’s life. It is a lifelong condition, and according to studies cited by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between 1.5 and four children in every 1,000 are affected. Many cases are genetic, though some may be related to oxygen deprivation during birth.
Along with cerebral palsy, other types of birth injuries include the following.
- Erb’s palsy or other brachial plexus injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Perinatal asphyxia (if the newborn is deprived of oxygen)
- Intracranial hemorrhage
- Facial paralysis
A Birth Injury May be the Result of Doctor Negligence
In many cases, negligence on the part of one or more medical professionals can lead to a birth injury. For example, birth injury may be caused by incorrect forceps use during delivery, which can result in fractures or other injuries.
Furthermore, birth injuries can also result from negligence during the course of the mother’s pregnancy. If a doctor fails to monitor the fetal heart rate or detect a prolapsed umbilical cord, this may contribute to a birth injury. Similarly, a doctor’s failure to detect infections in the mother during the course of the pregnancy may increase risk of injury to the child.
A number of negligent actions or inaction can cause harm to a baby during the labor and delivery process. Thus, Philadelphia birth injury attorneys can be valuable resources to help you investigate the details of your case to determine the cause of an injury and explore liability for damages.
Let Our Philadelphia Birth Injury Lawyers Help You Today
In order to hold a doctor liable for damages from the injury, the injured party must show that the doctor failed to take actions that a reasonable doctor would have taken in the same situation. Proving this can be difficult without the help of a birth injury lawyer in Philadelphia. An attorney can also ensure that an injured party files for compensation within the two-year time so as to be deemed eligible to recover damages.
At Cordisco & Saile LLC, our lawyers believe that you should have all of the tools necessary to provide your child with the life that he or she deserves. And if you or your child has sustained an injury before or during birth, we encourage you to call us for help. Our attorneys will advocate for you in order to secure the damages to which you are entitled. Reach out to us today by calling 215-642-2335 or fill out the form found on our contact page.