When you are ready to deliver your baby, it is supposed to be one of the happiest moments of your life. While this is the case in most circumstances, there are times when doctors or other medical personnel are negligent in their duties. When this happens, birth injuries can happen to babies. As a result, cerebral palsy, brain damage, and other life-altering injuries can take place. Should this happen to your child, it is imperative you not only understand the various reasons why these injuries happen, but also work closely with an experienced personal injury lawyer who specializes in these cases.
In many cases, nurses and doctors fail to properly monitor a baby as it is being delivered. When this happens, the child’s oxygen supply may be cut off, resulting in brain damage.
Failing to Plan for Emergency Situations
In many instances where birth injuries occur, doctors and their medical team fail to have adequate plans in place for an emergency C-section. When this happens and the baby’s delivery is thus delayed, the child’s brain will have insufficient oxygen, increasing the likelihood of brain damage.
Misdiagnosis During Pregnancy
When mothers are receiving prenatal care from doctors, they expect to receive excellent care along the way. Unfortunately, doctors often fail to diagnose certain conditions that could result in problems during pregnancy. For example, should a doctor fail to notice the signs of gestational diabetes, such as high blood pressure and swelling, this can result in the baby being larger than normal. When this happens, both the mother and child experience various health issues.
Misuse of Medical Instruments
When doctors deliver a baby, they use various types of medical instruments during the procedure. However, should they fail to use these instruments properly, the results can be disastrous. In many cases, nerves at the base of the child’s neck are pinched by instruments and severely injured. When this happens, the results can be cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy, or Klumpke palsy.
Should you or your baby suffer these or other injuries during birth, immediately schedule a consultation with our personal injury attorneys at Tobler Law.