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The Long-Term Consequences of a Birth Injury

The Risks of Birth Injuries to a Baby

Finding out you are pregnant is exciting news. As you prepare for the arrival of your new baby, you take care of your health, make all of the recommended doctor’s visits, and communicate your concerns with your doctor. However, when an unexpected event leads to a birth injury, it can quickly turn into a devastating situation.

While birth injuries are not common and have declined over the last few decades due to medical technology and advancements, there are still some risks involved. Read on to learn the causes of birth injuries, and the long-term effects babies may face as they grow.

Causes of Birth Injuries

Most birth injuries are preventable, and many birth injuries stem from medical negligence during pregnancy, labor, and delivery. Some of the common causes are:

  • Failure to identify, diagnose, or treat problems before birth
  • Failure to perform a timely C-section
  • Failure to adequately identify and respond to fetal distress
  • Failure to stop premature labor or birth
  • Failure to diagnose medical conditions present in the mother
  • Improper use of forceps or vacuum extraction (birth assistance devices)
  • Medication errors
  • Lack of fetal monitoring

The Long-Term Effects of a Birth Injury

When a baby suffers a birth injury, it could mean permanent damage, including paralysis, brain damage, nerve damage, and more. The following are the most common types of permanent birth injuries:

Did Your Baby Sustain a Birth Injury? Know Your Legal Options.

Most birth injuries are preventable and when your baby has sustained an injury due to careless actions, the experience is scary and stressful. Many parents feel lost and don’t know where to turn for help. At Dolt, Thompson, Shepherd & Conway, PSC, we are committed to helping you hold negligent medical professionals accountable. You deserve to receive compensation, so your child’s needs are provided for now and for their care in the future.

Call (502) 242-8872 to speak to one of our lawyers today and learn your rights.

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