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Birth Injuries and Their Aftermath

Steve Wagner

The Centers for Disease Control reports 6 in every 1000 babies in the USA suffer from some kind of birth injury. There are many different types of birth injuries, and they can vary in terms of intensity. Some of the most common are fractured bones, especially injuries of the collarbone and shoulder. This tends to happen when the doctor does not pay close attention to the position of the child in the birth canal and puts too much pressure, breaking a bone in the process.

When forceps are used in the birthing process, excess pressure on the face can lead to paralysis and sometimes require surgery. There is also a chance of Erb’s palsy or shoulder dystocia (up to 2 in every 1000 births) when the baby finds it difficult to pass through the birth passage and nerves are damaged in the process, leading to arm and hand movement being hindered on a permanent basis. Lack of oxygen to the baby in the process of birth can lead to several complications such as hypoxic brain injuries – some of which result in physical and nerve-based damage, and others that can prove fatal.

The quality of life for the child reduces significantly when that child has been a victim of birth injury from negligence. For example, a child suffering from cerebral palsy suffers damage to the cognitive parts of the brain which impairs mobility, the functioning of nerves, posture and more. A child will need extensive care as well as physical therapy to improve coordination and physical control over the body. The medical costs and the associated care can run into an excess of a million dollars, something that can only be recovered from a medical malpractice suit being filed, fought and won, with the right legal help on your side.

When you file a case of medical malpractice against a doctor or hospital for delivery room errors, you may recover medical costs incurred in caring for your sick child. Should your child pass away from complications due to birth trauma, then damages for wrongful death can also be claimed.

Our Indianapolis birth injury attorneys will be able to provide you with all the legal help you need. While the approach we take is a strong one, we also keep in mind the emotional fragility of the parents and child. Our reputation of winning the cases we take on is assurance that you are in reliable hands with our attorneys. We do not charge any fees upfront, and you only need to settle your lawyer fees after you receive your compensation.

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