Birth injuries can occur for a number of different reasons. In some cases the child’s head is too large to fit through the mother’s pelvis. Other times the placenta become detached prematurely or the umbilical cord is compressed or twisted. Also, when a physician uses forceps or a vacuum during a vaginal birth, injury to the brain can result. In many of these instances time is of the essence. The doctor is responsible for knowing when a cesarean section is necessary in order to avoid injury to the child.
There is no way to completely eliminate the risk of birth injury, but some risk factors that can lead to trouble during child birth are drawn out labor, atypical positioning of the baby, too much Pitocin given to the mother, larger than average sized baby, premature birth and the use of forceps or vacuum.
Expectant parents tend to anticipate a relatively smooth birth process and a healthy baby. In the majority of cases this will be the outcome. Sadly, there are some instances where birth injury and possible lasting effects will result. If you or a loved one has a child affected by a condition that was caused by birth injury and you believe it resulted from negligence on the part of the medical staff, we can offer a free assessment of your case. We have extensive knowledge in the areas of birth injuries and medical malpractice, and will be happy to advise you of your options moving forward.