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Causes of Birth Injuries

Childbirth is safer for women and their babies now than ever in history. Modern medicine makes birth injuries and deaths rare. However, doctors routinely make errors that put mothers and children at risk of serious, permanent injuries.

Searcy Denney has represented countless families of injured babies over the past three and a half decades. We are always struck at how truly preventable birth injuries are. Too often, an otherwise healthy baby faces a lifetime of disability, pain, deformity and challenges because of a doctor’s negligence.

Our medical malpractice law firm is available to help you recover for the birth injuries your child suffered because of negligence committed by your doctor, nurses, the hospital and other health care professionals.

Inadequate Prenatal Care

Inadequate prenatal care contributes to the risk of birth injuries. Proper health care should start as soon as a woman learns she is pregnant. From that moment, the doctor should regularly assess the mother and take special precautions to reduce risks associated with a mother’s:

  • Heavy weight or obesity
  • Very small stature
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Preeclampsia
  • High blood pressure
  • Low blood pressure
  • Infections
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Insufficient iron or folic acid

Not Recommending C-Section When Appropriate

Cesarean sections give women access to a safe alternative to traditional vaginal birth. Unfortunately, negligent doctors often fail to adequately assess risk factors that contribute to a dangerous vaginal delivery. Doctors should consider the mother’s weight, age, and overall health and the baby’s weight and health to recommend a C-section when appropriate. C-sections can often prevent many common birth injuries, including brain damage, cerebral palsy, brachial plexus injuries, Erb’s palsy and facial nerve damage.

Failure to Recognize Fetal Distress

Fetal distress is an indication that the fetus is in trouble, often because of oxygen asphyxia, during pregnancy or delivery. This is a medical emergency that requires an immediate, effective response.

Oxygen asphyxia may be caused by:

  • Mother’s anemia during pregnancy
  • Mother’s low blood pressure during pregnancy
  • Pinched placenta during delivery
  • Prolapse or delivery of the placenta before the child’s birth
  • Detachment of the placenta from the uterus too soon
  • Baby lodged in the birth canal during a difficult delivery
  • Poorly formed lungs or airways of a premature baby

If the doctor does not act quickly enough, the baby may experience prolonged oxygen deprivation and consequent brain damage.

Pulling on Infant’s Shoulders

While trying to guide the baby through the birth canal, a doctor may pull too hard on the baby’s shoulder, arm or head. As a result, the head may turn awkwardly to the side or an arm may get trapped. This aggressive action can overstretch or tear the nerves of the brachial plexus and cause serious, sometimes irreversible, damage. A brachial plexus injury manifests as deformity, weakness, numbness, pain and paralysis in the affected arm, hand and fingers.

Learn How Birth Injuries Occur and Could Have Been Avoided

Medical negligence may be to blame for your baby’s birth injuries. For more information about your rights and options to recover from negligent doctors and hospitals, schedule a free consultation with Searcy Denney. Every Florida birth injury lawyer at our firm takes your claim on contingency so you do not pay lawyers’ fees until we have succeeded in reaching a settlement or a successful verdict.

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