Giving birth is one of the greatest joys in life. Unfortunately, this abundant amount of joy can become a parent’s worst nightmare due to a birth trauma. Each year, approximately 28,000 infants are born with a birth injury.
A birth injury is referred to as any damage or injury to an infant’s body occurring before, during or slightly after birth. A birth injury can range from mild to severe depending on the circumstances surrounding the injury. There are multiple causes of birth injury, including:
- Delayed Birth – this is one of the leading causes of a birth injury; labors lasting longer than 18 hours are defined as difficult labors and cause fetal distress.
- Oxygen Deprivation – this can be caused from external forces (kinked or prolapsed umbilical cord) or from internal forces (low birth weight, underdeveloped lungs) and is one of the most common causes of severe birth injuries.
- Medical Malpractice – from oxygen deprivation to blunt force trauma, children suffering significant birth injuries due to negligent medical staff is far too common in hospitals throughout the United States.
Some birth injuries can be detected immediately, but the more severe injuries may not be discovered until much later. Bruises, broken bones, forceps/vacuum extraction, and lacerations are all easy ways to detect a birth injury.
There are solutions to birth injuries, but since they are unique, it can be difficult to determine the proper medical treatment. It is important to know your options:
- Surgery – this is not required for all birth injuries, but in severe cases such as a baby enduring a fractured skull, brain hemorrhaging or brachial plexus injuries, surgery may be the best option.
- Medications – there are a variety of medications used to help treat birth injuries. A majority of the time, medications are used to help ease the pain, seizures, and cognitive disabilities.
- Physical Therapy – this is one of the most common forms of treatment used for children with brachial plexus injuries, cerebral palsy, shoulder dystocia, and any injury resulting in a weakness of muscles, coordination problems or lack of voluntary muscle control.
A Birth Trauma can be life-changing and come with life-long medical treatment and costs. If your child suffers from Birth Trauma, call the experienced Birth Trauma lawyers at Floyd Hunter Injury Law. We will make sure your rights are protected and get you the compensation you deserve.
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