Category Archives: Birth Injury
When OB-GYNs or other doctors deliver newborns, they are legally to provide treatment within the standard of care. If doctors make mistakes during the delivery process, newborns may develop conditions like cerebral palsy. The following types of birth injuries can lead to the development of this condition. Newborns can develop cerebral palsy for the following reasons: Prolapsed umbilical cord: This birth complication causes newborns to become entangled in the umbilical cord. If this complication is not quickly addressed, newborns can suffer from oxygen deprivation (known as hypoxia or anoxia). An OB-GYN or other doctor has several options when this occurs, such as performing an emergency C-section or moving the fetus away from the umbilical cord. Blunt force trauma: Doctors can make mistakes while using medical instruments, such as a vacuum extractor or forceps. Blunt force trauma from these instruments can cause cerebral palsy. Failure to perform C-section: Certain health conditions…
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Centers for Disease Control statistics show that 1.2 million cesarean section (C-section) deliveries are performed in the United States every year. In some cases, doctors make mistakes while performing C-sections, causing injuries to mothers or their children. C-section mistakes can cause brain injuries in newborns and infections in mothers. A doctor can cause a C-section mistake in several different ways. What Are Common C-Section Mistakes? Failure to perform a C-section: Doctors can fail to detect fetal distress, such as an irregular heart rate or sporadic blood pressure. Infants can also become entangled in the umbilical cord. These are situations where doctors should perform a C-section to save the life of the baby. When doctors fail to perform C-sections, newborns can suffer oxygen deprivation, which may result in permanent brain damage or death. Failure to plan a C-section: Doctors should detect health conditions that require C-sections beforehand. Some health conditions make…
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Several weeks ago, we discussed a medical malpractice case involving a newborn who acquired cerebral palsy from a birth injury. The story is a reminder that in some cases, children develop cerebral palsy as a result of medical malpractice during or shortly after the delivery process. Blunt force trauma, oxygen deprivation and health conditions such as meningitis or jaundice can cause cerebral palsy in newborns. How are newborns exposed to brain injuries that cause cerebral palsy? One way may be when doctors and hospital staff fail to detect a prolapsed umbilical cord. In other cases, doctors delay cesarean sections, leading to oxygen deprivation. Doctors may improperly use forceps or vacuum instruments, causing blunt force trauma. What is cerebral palsy and what symptoms should parents be looking for? There are four different types of cerebral palsy, each with varying symptoms. The following information comes from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)….
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