EXPERIENCED TEXAS BIRTH INJURY LAWYERS
Childbirth is one of the happiest moments of a mother and father’s life. Sadly, there are complications that can occur in the childbirth process — during pregnancy, labor, delivery, or after birth.
Unfortunately, many of these injuries to a baby could have been prevented. Negligent medical professionals can leave babies with physical injuries, brain damage, permanent disabilities, or even death.
Injuries in the birthing process can also occur to the mother. These injuries can cause lasting effects and are potentially fatal.
WHAT INJURIES CAN OCCUR DURING CHILDBIRTH?
Injuries to the mother that can occur during pregnancy include:
- Abnormal uterine bleeding
- Preeclampsia or eclampsia
- Vaginal tears or lacerations
Mothers can also experience mental injuries as a result of a traumatic birth, including depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
WHO IS AT AN INCREASED RISK OF PREGNANCY COMPLICATIONS?
Injuries during childbirth can happen to anyone. However, some women find themselves in a high risk pregnancy. These situations require a higher level of attention and care on the part of the physician, and if high the high risk pregnancy symptoms and signs are not spotted or found in time, there could be grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit.
- Women with prior health conditions, such as:
- High blood pressure
- Kidney disease
- Autoimmune disease (lupus, multiple sclerosis)
- Thyroid disease
- Women over 35 having their first child
- Alcohol use during pregnancy
- Smoking (and secondhand smoke)
WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON CHILDBIRTH INJURIES IN CHILDREN?
Common conditions that can result from birth injuries include:
- Cerebral Palsy and Erb’s Palsy
- Nerve damage
- Damage to the skull
- Brain damage
- Future learning disabilities
- Delayed early development (crawling, walking, talking)
Birth injuries can be caused by many different factors. Common causes of childbirth injuries include:
- Lack of oxygen
- Neonatal sepsis
- Dangerous medications
- Traumatic delivery
- Improper manipulation of the baby (potentially with tools including vacuums, forceps)
- Failure to monitor baby’s vital signs
If childbirth injuries were preventable — for the mother or baby — the doctors, nurses, surgeons, and medical institution can be held accountable.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF A CHILDBIRTH INJURY?
Childbirth injuries are not always obvious immediately afterward. Moms and dads will oftentimes notice certain things that are out of the ordinary once they take their newborn baby home – sometimes weeks or months later. In addition, some symptoms and signs of a birth injury aren’t apparent until much later.
Here are signs and symptoms of a childbirth injury:
- Hearing loss
- Vision issues
- Sinus inflammation
- Low weight gain
Other physical symptoms of a birth injury in a child include:
- Weak movement
- Poor reflexes
- Muscle stiffness
- Hands held in claw-like poses
CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED CHILDBIRTH INJURY LAWYER
If your baby was born with an injury caused by the negligence of the hospital or medical institution staff, contact Thomas J. Henry. Medical professionals are tasked with providing you and your child with a safe and effective birth. When a child is born injured because of an action, or inaction, by a doctor, nurse, or other healthcare provider, you may be entitled to recover damages. Our experience birth injury attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends to take your call. Contact us today for a free case review.