Information About Birth Injuries
The birth of a child is one of the most special moments in many people’s lives. If your child was harmed due to medical malpractice or a medical professional failed to diagnosis a critical condition, you can suddenly find yourself facing some substantial obstacles including emotional suffering and large medical bills. Fortunately, the legal counsel at The Law Offices of Gerald J. Noonan has over 35 years handling cases in an efficient and effective manner. It is important to remember that in many cases involving malpractice, statutes of limitations arise, which is why you should not hesitate to obtain the assistance of a seasoned attorney.
Common Types of Birth Injuries
There are numerous issues that can be experienced by either a mother or child due to a birth. Unfortunately, a large number of these conditions cannot be anticipated, but some issues can prevented with adequate care. In the most serious cases, a mother or child either experiences a life-long injury due to the birth process which could have been presented if a medical professional used adequate care. The most common types of birth injuries include cerebral palsy and other conditions due to oxygen deprivation, Erb’s palsy, and physical conditions like broken bones caused by improper deliveries. Cerebral palsy is also particularly common when a baby is deprived of oxygen. Some injuries due to improper birth techniques include strep and meningitis infections. Hypoxia can also occur if a child does not receive adequate oxygen during the birth process. Frequently, hypoxia is caused by the umbilical cord becoming tangled around a child’s neck or infection to the placenta.
Improper Use of Medical Instruments
Injuries can also be incurred by improper use of a birthing tool like forceps or vacuum extractors. If a mother is experiencing difficulty in delivering her child or if the infant is improperly positioned, a physician might use forceps to help perform a delivery. Forceps that are used improperly, however, can result in nerve damage in a child’s neck or chest. Vacuums are also used to aid the birthing process. If a mother is experiencing difficulties during the birth process, a vacuum can be used to help deliver the child. Vacuums that are used improperly, however, can result in serious injuries.
Speak with an Experienced Birth Injury Attorney
Any injury that occurs during the birth process can result in a child facing significant complications can follow him or her indefinitely. Mothers can also be seriously injured and even killed. To decrease these risks, a special level of care is required by medical professionals because they are dealing with individuals in a particularly vulnerable situation. When a physician fails to adhere to this standard, he or she should be accountable for the resulting injuries. At The Law Offices of Gerald J. Noonan, our legal counsel has significant experience fighting for the compensation that the victims of birth injuries deserve. During an initial consultation, we will discuss your various options and make sure that you have the best possible chances of obtaining adequate compensation. If you or a loved one needs the assistance of a seasoned medical malpractice attorney, do not hesitate to contact our law office today.
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