The birth of a child is a much anticipated celebration of life and hope. Unfortunately, for far too many new parents, the joy of welcoming a new baby into the world is tempered by concerns about the child’s birth injuries. The thought of an injured newborn is even more devastating when the condition could have been prevented through proper medical care.
Thousands of birth injuries each year are caused by negligence on the part of doctors, nurses, hospitals and other medical providers. Many birth injuries require lengthy treatments or even a lifetime of special care. When a medical provider’s substandard care was to blame for a birth injury, the negligent health care professional or organization could be held liable in a birth injury lawsuit.
The Farha Law Firm has the resources necessary to help the parents of children who suffered an injury during the delivery process or during pregnancy. We have access to a nationwide network of medical experts who can review the medical records and determine what really happened in your case and who should be held responsible for the costs related to your child’s birth injury. Don’t delay. Contact the Farha Law Firm today to find out how our Oklahoma birth injury lawyers can help you.
Types of Injuries Suffered During Childbirth
- Cerebral palsy. This condition can result from oxygen deprivation in the child’s brain during the birth process, such as when a C-section is not done quickly enough or when the umbilical cord is wrapped around the baby’s neck. Children with cerebral palsy often have trouble with body movement, posture, talking and learning.
- Brachial plexus injuries. The brachial plexus is a series of nerves that connect the spinal cord to the neck and arms, controlling movement in the shoulders, arms, fingers and hands. If the doctor applies too much force to the baby’s delicate body during delivery, the nerves in the brachial plexus can suffer permanent damage.
- Erb’s palsy. A type of brachial plexus injury, Erb’s palsy can result from the stretching of the baby’s neck during delivery. This condition impairs the normal movement of the child’s arm.
- Klumpke’s palsy. Another type of brachial plexus injury, Klumpke’s palsy causes paralysis of the hand.
- Shoulder dystocia. When the infant’s shoulders get wedged behind the mother’s pelvic bone during delivery, it can cause damage to the baby’s head or shoulders known as shoulder dystocia.
- Ischemia. Ischemia is a reduction in oxygen to the brain, and it can cause brain damage. In severe cases, this can cause developmental delays, mental retardation, neuromuscular disorders or death.
- Persistent pulmonary hypertension in newborns (PPHN). Studies have shown that mothers who take certain antidepressants are at risk of delivering a baby with PPHN – a life-threatening heart condition. Antidepressants have also been linked to other heart defects in infants.
Other childbirth injuries that can result from a medical negligence include spina bifida, cleft palate, head and skull deformities, encephalopathy, clavicle fractures, bruising and scarring, and mental disabilities.
Some of the common medical mistakes and errors that can lead to birth injuries include:
- Inadequate care during the pregnancy.
- Failure to recognize health problems in the mother during pregnancy, including preeclampsia (a spike in the mother’s blood pressure), gestational diabetes, infections, problems with the umbilical cord or an abrupted placenta.
- Inadequate monitoring of the baby during the birth process to identify signs of fetal or maternal distress, including lack of oxygen or changes in the baby’s heart rate.
- Failure to identify or respond appropriately to a breech birth, or cephalo-pelvic disproportion (a baby’s head that is too large to fit through the mother’s pelvis).
- Aggressive or improper use of forceps, vacuum or other instruments during delivery.
- Waiting too long to order a C-section during a difficult delivery that puts the health of the mother or baby in danger.
- Administering the wrong medication or the wrong amount of medication prior to or during delivery.
- Pulling too hard or pressing too hard on the baby during delivery.
These are just a few of the many potential mistakes that a doctor and medical staff can make when caring for a mother during pregnancy or when delivering a baby. Any one of these mistakes could result in injury to the mother, the baby or both.
Don’t delay. If you suspect that a medical provider’s negligence or a defective medical device resulted in your child’s birth injury, contact the Farha Law Firm.If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a birth injury from medical malpractice or a defective medical device, then you may be eligible for compensation. This compensation can be used to cover medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other expenses incurred as a result of these unsafe conditions.
To get the representation you deserve, contact the Farha Law Firm to help you navigate through the complicated birth injury medical malpractice and/or a defective medical device liability dispute with the insurance company. The Farha Law Firm is here to help. Please call the Farha Law Firm to put our experience and aggressive legal representation to work for you. There is no obligation when you contact us and the initial consultation is free.