Medical Malpractice

Birth Injury – Colorado Medical Injury Lawyer

Birth injuries refers to any physical damage incurred during delivery. Trauma during the birthing process is a common cause of injury, and even permanent disability, in infants. Childbirth can be a difficult and confusing process for new parents, and, unfortunately, many patients are only marginally aware of what is happening during the delivery of their child.

In many cases, parents whose children have suffered from birth trauma have a difficult time piecing together the events that led to their child’s injury, and medical professionals may be of little help in this process.

There are a few factors that can contribute to injuries during childbirth, such as:

  • High birth weight: Babies heavier than 8 pounds, 13 ounces more likely to encounter a problematic delivery.
  • Premature birth: Babies born before 37 are susceptible to injury because of their underdeveloped bodies.
  • Cephalopelvic disproportion: If the mother’s pelvis isn’t suitable for delivery, whether because of shape or size, then a C-section might be necessary.
  • Dystocia: This is a difficult birth that’s usually the result of an awkwardly position fetus, or problems with the uterus and/or cervix.
  • Long labor: The longer the labor, the greater the chances that problems will arise.
  • Abnormal presentation: Breech presentations present a host of issues for doctors during delivery.

If your child has suffered a serious injury during the delivery process, call a Denver medical injury lawyer today at 303-792-5595 or fill out our CASE EVALUATION FORM right now to discuss your case for free.

Generally speaking, there are two primary causes of birth injuries. One of them is mechanical injuries, which are caused by physical force, such as when a child is injured by the pressure from the use of forceps during delivery.

The most common types of mechanical injuries include:

  • Caput succedaneum: This is a swelling of the soft tissues of the baby’s scalp that develops as the baby travels through the birth canal. Vacuum extraction deliveries are more likely to lead to this condition.
  • Cephalohematoma: This is a pooling of blood beneath one of the cranial bones, typically caused by long deliveries and/or vacuum extraction.
  • Subconjunctival hemorrhage: This is the rupture of small blood vessels in the child’s eyes, and can be caused be stressful labor and the use of tools to aid delivery.
  • Facial paralysis: This can be caused by the use of forceps during delivery, since it puts pressure on the baby’s face.
  • Brachial Plexus Injury, an injury caused by tugging on the infant’s arm during delivery.
  • Fractures: The most common fractures occur to the clavicle or collarbone. Breech deliveries often lead to infant fractures.
  • Brain trauma, caused by forceps or other trauma to the infant’s head.

Mechanical injuries might not be obvious immediately after delivery or even early in infancy. In some cases, mechanical injuries might be obvious, but others might only show up as the child begins to show developmental abnormalities. It’s important to note, however, that it’s normal for infants delivered vaginally to show some degree of bruising, so not every contusion is an indication of malpractice. However, if your newborn infant has unexplained injuries, including unusual bruising or abrasions, it could be a sign of birth trauma.

If your child appears to have suffered an injury during childbirth, or there’s visible bruising or delayed development, call our Colorado medical lawsuit attorneys at Burg Simpson for help today at 303-792-5595.

Anoxic injuries are the result of oxygen deprivation, which can lead to a number of brain injuries, which can include blindness, mental retardation, and other disabilities. Brain cells deprived of oxygen begin to expire after four minutes.

Depending on the type and severity of anoxic injury, it could be very difficult to diagnose during infancy and to effectively attribute to medical error. Anoxic injuries can be a result of oxygen deprivation as a result of:

  • Drugs administered during childbirth.
  • Physical obstructions, such as the umbilical cord wrapped around the baby’s neck.
  • Obstructions to breathing.

Anoxic injuries can quickly lead to injuries such as:

  • Brain damage, including mental retardation.
  • Blindness and other visual problems.
  • Cerebral palsy.

If you’re child’s delivery lead to any of these injuries, you need to speak with our experienced Denver medical lawsuit attorneys as soon as possible. Call us today at 303-792-5595 to discuss your case FREE.

In addition to mechanical and anoxic injuries, other complications such as brain damage resulting from kernicterus can occur due to medical negligence. This may cause tremendous emotional and physical hardships. Kernicterus is a type of brain damage that hits newborns with severe jaundice. Treating this early is key, and overlooking this condition can lead to serious brain damage. Symptoms can include:

  • Extreme sleepiness and lethargy.
  • A very high-pitched cry that does not sound normal.
  • Poor muscle tone.
  • A fever that occurs along with any of these other symptoms.

If you’ve suffered through this traumatic event – and are still experiencing ongoing side effects as a result – you may have a medical malpractice claim. You should speak to an experienced Colorado medical injury lawyer as quickly as possible. Call Burg Simpson today at 303-792-5595 to speak with someone that can help.

CONTACT OUR DENVER MEDICAL MALPRACTICE LAWYERS FOR HELP

If you’ve suffered through a stressful or prolonged labor, and your child was injured during delivery, call Burg Simpson today for your free, no-obligation consultation. Our Colorado medical malpractice attorneys have years of experience in these cases and we can help your family get the compensation you deserve for injuries suffered. Call us today at 303-792-5595 or fill out our Free Case Evaluation Form before it’s too late.

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