Even though birth injuries are rare – especially when you compare the numbers to just a few decades ago, they still happen and can leave a lifetime of pain and suffering. Birth injuries are any injuries an infant suffers during the birthing process. These injuries typically happen when the baby travels through the birth canal. If your child has suffered an injury during delivery, you need to speak with a medical malpractice attorney in Wyoming as soon as possible.
The most common types of birth injuries include:
- Bone fractures
- Brachial Plexus
- Brain damage
- Caput Succedaneum
- Cerebral Palsy
- Erb’s Palsy
- Meconium Aspiration Syndrome
- Perinatal Asphyxia
Our medical negligence lawyers at Burg Simpson in Cody can help if your newborn child has suffered a serious injury because of a doctor’s careless or negligent behavior during delivery. Call our trial lawyers in Wyoming at 307-527-7891 or complete our Free Case Evaluation form right now.
Brachial plexus birth injuries occur when the nerves situated between the baby’s shoulder and neck are damaged during the delivery procedure. These injuries are easily avoidable since they are caused by excessive traction being applied to deliver the baby when its shoulder is wedged behind the mother’s pubic bone – this is a condition called shoulder dystocia.
Most of the time, brachial plexus birth injuries can be easily treated, although the extent of that recovery depends on the severity of the original injury. Mild injuries can often resolve on their own within a few months. Severe injuries usually require surgery to reconnect torn nerves and can result in a lifelong disability. All of these cases require physical therapy as part of the treatment. As with most medical conditions, early detection and treatment are crucial to increase any chance of recovery.
Advances in modern medicine and obstetrics have made it possible for doctors to better evaluate the risk level of shoulder dystocia during pregnancy and to take proper preventative measures to guard against a brachial plexus birth injury. A failure to do so could give rise to a malpractice suit.
Some factors that might contribute to an increased risk of shoulder dystocia include:
- Maternal obesity
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- Higher-than-average infant pre-birth weight
- The mother’s age
- Maternal diabetes
- Short or small mother
- Flat, contracted or exceptionally small pelvis
- A longer than normal pregnancy
- A prolonged labor
- Breech position of the infant
C-section delivery is the safest and most-effective way of preventing brachial plexus and even when C-section delivery is not an option, there are a number of other things medical professionals can do to prevent birth injuries. If your child has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury as a result of medical or obstetrical negligence, Burg Simpson in Wyoming can help. Call us at 307-527-7891 so you can talk with a legal malpractice lawyer before it is too late.
Hearing that your newborn child has developed Cerebral Palsy because of a preventable birth injury can be devastating. It can leave anyone confused, angry, and saddled with a host of unanswered questions.
Cerebral palsy is used to describe a “congenital disorder of movement, muscle tone, or posture.” This chronic condition is caused by damage to a developing brain and affects thousands of newborns every year. Signs of cerebral palsy usually appear within the first three years of a child’s life and can include symptoms such as poor motor skills, developmental delays, and slow reflexes.
Spastic cerebral palsy, the most common form of the disorder, is classified as a condition where the muscles are unnaturally tight, causing stiff, jerky movements, including difficulty walking.
Athetoid cerebral palsy, which is also known as dyskinetic cerebral palsy, is a disorder where the muscles are unnaturally loose and difficult to control, leading to trouble with movement and posture.
Most cerebral palsy patients suffer some combination of symptoms of both spastic and athetoid cerebral palsy types.
While diseases and infections such as jaundice, rubella, and meningitis can cause cerebral palsy, medical negligence during labor or neonatal care is one of the leading cause of cerebral palsy. Every cerebral palsy patient is unique and can display numerous symptoms in varying degrees. While there is no known cure for the condition, cerebral palsy can be managed to maximize independence in most cases.
Most cerebral palsy patients require extensive medical care for their entire life, including specialized training and other therapies to overcome their limitations. In addition, many individuals require modifications to be made to their home and motor vehicles. If your child has developed cerebral palsy as a result of a physicians’ negligence, you have the right to seek compensation for your loss. Call us today at 307-527-7891 so we can help.
Erb’s Palsy is an easily preventable condition that affects roughly one in every 2,000 births. Erb’s palsy is caused by birth trauma or an injury to the brachial plexus and affects motor ability in an infant’s shoulder, arm, and hand. Some cases can be treated surgically. Most injured patients, however, face a range of lifelong disabilities.
The brachial plexus is a bundle of nerves situated between the neck and shoulders. This nerve bundle can be damaged during birth by pushing or pulling on a baby whose shoulder is wedged behind the mother’s pubic bone as it descends through the birth canal.
Common symptoms include:
- Inability to move a shoulder, arm, elbow, wrist or hand
- A lack of feeling in an arm or a hand
- Paralysis or limpness of an arm or a hand
- Facial paralysis on one side
- Inability to sit up or crawl without assistance
- Abnormal growth and development of the affected arm
Advances in modern obstetric medicine have made it possible to prevent Erb’s palsy from ever happening. Doctors are better prepared and equipped to predict the risk of shoulder dystocia during pregnancy with a fair amount of accuracy. Early detection of these risk factors and interpreting them correctly are critical. This allows medical professionals to perform a C-section, which is typically the best way to avoid an injury that can lead to Erb’s Palsy. Even when shoulder dystocia occurs, a well-qualified obstetrician should be able to perform various maneuvers to aid vaginal birth and prevent serious injury.
The extent of disability and disfigurement caused by Erb’s Palsy can depend on the severity of the original injury and the effectiveness of subsequent treatment and therapy. Roughly 20 percent of Erb’s Palsy victims will require surgery to reconnect nerves. Surgery is usually performed in children between five and 12 months of age.
If your child has developed Erb’s Palsy as a result of a medical provider’s negligence, you have the right to seek compensation for your loss—including recovery of damages for medical bills, wheelchairs, and other assistive devices. Call our Cody, Wyoming office at 307-527-7891 and talk to one of our hospital negligence lawyers immediately.
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