It can be very upsetting and disheartening when your baby gets hurt during the process of delivery. The most natural reaction at that time is demanding an answer to why this injury occurred. It can even be more distressing when you discover the health worker could have easily prevented the injury.
Birth injuries occur very frequently, and more often than not, the injuries tend to cause permanent damage. These damages can remain with the baby for the rest of their lives. When your baby is hurt due to the negligence of a health worker, you must take action.
A Maryland birth injury lawyer has the job of helping you get justice for your baby’s injury. However, you cannot file a lawsuit without knowing and understanding what a birth injury is. This article will therefore be discussing the most popular injuries that occur during labor and delivery.
Seven Most Common Birth Injuries
Birth injuries are injuries that occur during, before, and after delivery. Medical negligence could cause birth injuries. When a person tasked with delivering a baby makes rash or reckless choices, often, it results in birth injuries. Infections, prolonged labor, poor delivery choices, oxygen scarcity, etc., could also cause birth injuries. Many injuries emerge during childbirth. We will be discussing seven of them.
Statistics state that out of every 1,000 babies born, at least 2 to 3 may have cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is one of the complications that can stem from a brain injury. It hinders muscle movement and control, as well as development. It also impacts hearing, learning abilities, and speech. There is no cure for cerebral palsy; it requires a lifetime of therapy.
If an infant’s face experiences too much pressure during the delivery period, the baby might have damaged facial nerves. When the doctor uses forceps or vacuum extractors to pull the baby out, there is a higher chance of facial paralysis. A baby suffering from this birth injury may not have the ability to move the face’s affected side.
Cephalohematoma is a birth injury that involves bleeding under a cranial bone. When there is an accumulation of blood under the scalp, we can say the baby is suffering from cephalohematoma. Minor birth trauma causes this injury. Although cephalohematoma may clear up in a few months, meningitis, anemia, jaundice, etc., may accompany it.
The brachial plexus involves damages to the nerves. The nerves affected are the nerves that run from the upper spine to the neck, shoulder, hand, and arm. The brachial plexus could lead to either a temporary or permanent disability. This injury could be in three degrees: the mildest, severe, and extremely severe cases.
The collar bone is also known as the clavicle. Fractures in this part of the baby’s body are very common. A fracture in the collar bone is usually due to a difficult delivery or a trauma at birth. Collarbone fractures can heal on their own, but it is important to keep the baby immobilized for a while.
Various kinds of hemorrhages could happen to babies after birth. The two most common ones are the subarachnoid or intracranial hemorrhage and the subconjunctival hemorrhage. Intracranial hemorrhage is when bleeding occurs in a baby’s skull, under layers of the brain covering, while subconjunctival hemorrhage occurs when a blood vessel bursts in the eye.
Spinal Cord Injuries
The spinal cord is a very fragile body part, and it needs to be treated with caution. Sometimes, the spinal cord of babies gets dislocated or injured during delivery. This can be a result of excessive force during childbirth. Also, the spinal cord and nerves are notably connected, so damage to one can affect the other.
Did Your Baby Suffer a Birth Injury? Pinder Plotkin LLC Can Help You
Birth injury cases are often more personal to people because the cases affect them and their babies. This is why you need to get an experienced Maryland birth injury lawyer from Pinder Plotkin LLC that understands you and your unique case.
We have a lot of experience dealing with cases of injury and negligence. So, you can relax knowing that we will do everything to ensure you and your baby get justice. We are readily available to help you get the compensation you deserve.
We offer a free consultation, and we have the best customer service. Additionally, we offer a no-fee promise; we only get paid if you get paid! So, you do not have to worry about any hidden or upfront fees. Pinder Plotkin is here to help you. Reach out to us today.