Birth Mistakes & Delivery Room Errors: Filing a Medical Malpractice Claim
Potential Birth Injuries
A mistake in the delivery room can lead to a variety of issues, including:
- Cerebral palsy – This condition may be related to lack of oxygen to the brain. It may lead to motor skills impairment and may be associated with other developmental problems.
- Erb’s palsy – Caused by damage to the brachial plexus (nerves around the neck) that may affect movement of the arm.
- Facial palsy – If a birth mistake damages a cranial nerve, it may lead to a loss of control of facial muscles. It may go away on its own, but some require therapy.
- Cephalohematoma – This is a collection of blood between the skull and periosteum, which could increase risk for jaundice. It may be related to use of vacuum assisted delivery.
These injuries may be genetic or the result of normal labor and delivery procedures, but a birth mistake may also be to blame in some cases in Ohio. Medical malpractice lawyers in Cleveland may consult a medical expert to review the circumstances of the birth to determine if negligence and medical malpractice may be the cause of the injuries.
How Birth Mistakes and Injuries Occur
Birth injuries may occur through negligence or medical malpractice. For example, doctors and nurses may fail to monitor the oxygen levels and heart rates of the baby and mother during labor. Not recognizing a lack of oxygen could lead to cerebral palsy in some cases.
The doctor may also be at fault for failing to properly address a situation in which the child becomes stuck in the birth canal. This could lead to damage the brachial plexus or other nerves because of trauma during the delivery. A doctor using forceps or vacuum extraction with too much force or using the devices improperly can cause injury to the baby, too.
If your child suffered a birth injury, you may be able to recover compensation for all medical bills, including:
- medical supplies; and
Parents, who are often concerned about what will happen to their child if something happens to them, may be able to pursue compensation for future care and treatment. A birth injury lawyer can help calculate these damages.
How Do I File a Claim?
Although not all injuries and medical conditions can be prevented, doctors have the duty to take proper steps to properly address complications. If you have questions about your child’s birth injury, contact us today at (440) 276-3535 for a free consultation.