Birth injuries are usually the result of birth trauma. However, obstetrical negligence can occur early in the pregnancy if there are complications that go undiagnosed or untreated. Birth injuries may also occur due to the negligence of hospital personnel during delivery, or even as the result of a harmful pharmaceutical product taken during pregnancy or the failure to provide necessary pharmaceuticals. In the case of a harmful pharmaceutical taken during pregnancy, the manufacturer of a pharmaceutical may be sued for product liability.
- Hypoxia: Hypoxia is a term used for oxygen deficiency, which can lead to a host of serious and life-threatening conditions.
- Shoulder dystocia: When the fetus’ shoulders become lodged in the birth canal, it can lead to damaged nerves, umbilical cord compression and other harm.
- Cerebral palsy: If your baby was born with a low APGAR score, a low blood pH or a low Base Excess with a resultant brain injury, you should have the complete medical record reviewed by one of our birth injury lawyers.
- Stillborn babies and IUGR: When intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) is recognized and managed, a baby is much less likely to be stillborn.
- Failure to diagnose preterm labor: Our law firm represents families whose medical providers failed to recognize preterm labor and transfer the mother to a Level III tertiary care center.
- Bowel malrotation: In newborn babies, a malrotated bowel or obstruction can be a life-threatening condition, calling for prompt medical attention.
- Failure to monitor fetal distress: In the majority of cases, fetal distress is caused by lack of oxygen to the unborn infant.
- Uterine rupture: Risk factors for uterine rupture include coincidental uterine trauma, previous cesarean sections and certain drugs.
- Forceps and vacuum extractor injuries: Serious injuries from these techniques can include broken collar bones, brachial plexus nerve injury and retinal hemorrhage.
- Erb’s palsy: This type of paralysis affects the sensation and motor control of muscles in the infant’s upper arm.