Labor and delivery medical teams are responsible for providing both mother and child with quality medical care before, during, and after delivery. Whether this involves working to prevent complications early in the pregnancy or taking emergency action to avoid harming the infant during birth, these medical professionals must work to reduce the chances of birth injuries in these potentially high-stress situations. Failure to do so can put a mother and her child at risk of severe complications that may have long-term health consequences.
Common Birth Injuries
An infant injured at birth may be permanently affected by the mistakes the attending doctors or nurses committed during labor and delivery. Sometimes, these injuries can seriously alter a child’s development both physically and intellectually, possibly leaving them in need of lifelong medical care.
Some of the leading forms of severe birth injury include:
- Facial paralysis
- Brachial / Erb’s palsy
- External injuries
- Internal injuries
- Cerebral palsy
- Brain / spinal damage
- Shaken baby syndrome
Medical teams should provide mothers and their infants with attentive, appropriate care so that babies do not develop these potentially debilitating injuries. While some of these conditions can be treated, others can leave an innocent baby facing a lifetime of disability.
If your child has been injured because of a doctor’s or nurse’s negligent care, there may be legal options available to help your family fight for fair compensation for these injury costs. To learn more about this legal process and how we can help you with your birth injury claim, contact an experienced attorney from Stepleton Dugan, LLC, at 513-321-7733 today.