Even when it is clear that medical malpractice occurred when a mother or child was injured, hospitals and doctors are always reluctant to admit liability.
Attorneys at Ace Law Group will hold negligent healthcare professionals liable for birth-related harm to mothers and babies. Even if the mother was injured in an accident, these medical malpractice attorneys can respond to your inquiries and assist you in getting the financial compensation you require to move on after a birth injury.
What constitutes any birth injury?
Birth injuries are limitations of a newborn’s bodily and mental functions brought on by an unpleasant incident just before or during birth. Numerous variables during labor and delivery might result in these injuries, ranging from moderate to severe. Typically, a thorough clinical assessment can detect them.
Birth injuries might have a physical component, such as bone fractures, brachial plexus damage, and paralysis, or they can have a mental component, like brain damage.
For instance, mistakes made during labor or delivery can lead to the following:
- Cerebral palsy
- Erb’s palsy
- Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE).
Other illnesses can also be categorized as birth injuries.
What are the signs a newborn may have suffered a birth injury?
New parents should remain vigilant and observe for indications of birth injuries throughout their child’s life’s initial days, weeks, and months. Signs that could suggest a newborn has experienced a birth injury during the labor or delivery process encompass:
- Abnormal test results
- Brachial plexus injuries
- Bruising or swelling observed around the shoulders, head, or abdomen
- Crying is indicative of pain as you touch specific body areas
- Differences exist between the left and right sides of the body of the baby
- Facial paralysis
- Failure to monitor the baby or mother’s vital signs
- Hearing or vision impairments
- Infant seizures
- Lack of muscle tone which is consistent with health, birth weight, and age
- Need for supplemental oxygen
- Persistent crying
- Shoulder dystocia (birth trauma)
- Stiffness, awkward, or uncontainable movements
- Swelling of the skull.
Few other signs that may develop after few months
Additional birth injury warning symptoms can start appearing between the ages of 8 and 12 months and can include the following:
- Cognitive impairments
- Failing to meet normal development milestones
- Inability to perform a few fine motor movements like clapping or grasping
- Inability to sit up/crawl
- Joint or muscle stiffness
- Physical abnormalities.
Suppose you have concerns that your child may have experienced a birth injury due to medical malpractice. In that case, it is highly advisable to consult with an attorney to discuss your family’s legal rights and options.