Childbirth Injuries Include Cerebral Palsy, Erb’s Palsy
Erb’s Palsy | Cerebral Palsy
Childbirth Injuries can be caused by medical negligence at the time of birth and the attorneys at Gilman Law LLP located in Florida are experienced in childbirth injury litigation. Our medical malpractice lawyers know how devastating birth injuries can be, and are aware of the emotional and financial costs of such medical malpractice. Our personal injury law firm is committed to obtaining the best possible financial results for the victims of medical malpractice and their families. If you or a loved one has been victimized by medical malpractice or medical negligence, we urge you to contact one of the Florida medical malpractice attorneys at Gilman Law LLP immediately. Our compassionate and committed medical malpractice lawyers are dedicated to helping the victims of medical malpractice and birth injuries get their lives back on track.
If medical malpractice during labor or delivery caused a birth injury to your child that resulted from complications in the process of labor and delivery and from medical malpractice or negligence by the doctors and hospitals, you may be eligible for financial compensation. Childbirth injuries can cause a wide variety of problems for a newborn baby, ranging from mild to severe, and may mean a long road of medical care and emotional turmoil for a family. Parents may not know whether their child has an unpreventable birth defect, or whether the impairment was the result of medical malpractice or medical negligence. Our medical negligence attorneys can help families determine if a birth injury was not preventable, or if medical negligence or malpractice on the part of a doctor or hospital was responsible for the injury.
Each year, about 27 of 1,000 live births result in birth injuries, many of which are caused by medical malpractice or negligence. Delaying or failing to perform a needed C-section is a common cause of birth injuries, as is a physician’s use of excessive force during the delivery, or a miscalculation in the size of the baby. Another major cause of birth injuries is oxygen deprivation which occurs when the umbilical cord is compressed or twisted in the birth process. Mechanical trauma is another typical cause of birth injuries. Mechanical trauma may occur when the baby assumes an unusual position at the time of birth (buttocks rather than head first, for example) or when the baby is too large to easily pass through the birth canal easily. Birth injuries can also be the result of bleeding within the skull or brain, which can lead to long-term seizure disorders. All of these problems during labor and delivery can result in a variety of birth injuries, including:
- <Erb’s Palsy or brachial plexus injury (BPI), Klumpke’s Palsy: An injury to the large network of nerves within the body known called the brachial plexus. BPI can be caused by shoulder dystocia, where the baby’s shoulder is stuck behind the mother’s pubic bone during birth. The brachial plexus network causes the arm and hand to move. BPI children can have partial or total paralysis of the arms and hands.
- Cerebral Palsy: A disability resulting from injury to the brain before, during or shortly after birth. In some cases, the injury is caused by low levels of oxygen suffered before or during birth. This can be the result of negligent medical care, or a mistake made by your doctor, midwife or nurse during the birthing process.
- Brain Damage
- Temporary Paralysis
- Fractured Collar Bone
Childbirth injuries can be caused by a delay in performing a C-section or complication with a vaginal birth after a C-Section such as uterine rupture, use of excessive force during the delivery, or a miscalculation in the size of the baby. One major cause of birth injuries is oxygen deprivation which occurs when the umbilical cord is compressed or twisted in the birth process. The other main cause is mechanical trauma, which may occur when the baby assumes an unusual position at the time of birth (buttocks rather than head first, for example) or when the baby is too large to pass through the birth canal easily. Birth injuries can be the result of bleeding within the skull or brain, which can lead to long-term seizure disorders. Birth injuries have been reported to occur in 27 of 1,000 live births.
If your child has suffered a birth injury as a result of medical malpractice or negligence, please contact Gilman Law LLP for a free, confidential, no-obligation case evaluation. The Florida birth injury malpractice lawyers at Gilman Law LLP are ready to help you get the compensation your family deserves.