Common Birth Injuries

When you are attending your baby shower, decorating your baby's future bedroom, and otherwise planning for the birth of your child, you may not be thinking of the many things that can go wrong at the hospital during your newborn's arrival. Having a baby should be a joyous occasion for your family. However, if your obstetrician and medical staff does not perform on par with what is expected of them, your baby may suffer a birth injury with lifelong consequences.

Birth Injuries and Medical Malpractice

When you choose an obstetrician, it is somewhat like entering into a contract with the doctor. You expect a certain amount of knowledge and expertise from your doctor that is in line with his or her degree and medical certification. However, if the doctor does not do his or her duty to you and provide you with sufficient care, it may constitute medical malpractice. This includes sustaining injuries or other damages at the hands of what should be a practiced and conscientious physician.

Causes of Birth Injuries

There are a number of possible causes for newborn damages. Different types of delivery (forceps, vacuum, etc.) usually result in different risks. Also, if the doctor fails to read or identify signs of fetal distress, induce labor when necessary, and recognize possible threats to your baby's health, these can all translate to birth injuries to your newborn.

Obstetricians and hospital staff may fail to properly deliver a baby, which can result in a number of medical problems for your newborn, including:

  • Subconjunctival hemorrhage
  • Cephalohematoma
  • Marks and bruising from forceps
  • Facial paralysis
  • Brain injury or damage
  • Erb's Palsy
  • Cerebral Palsy

Contact Us

If you suspect your newborn has suffered a birth injury at the hands of your doctor and/or medical staff, it is important to contact an experienced attorney to determine your legal options. For more information on birth injury law, contact a Phoenix personal injury lawyer from Haralson, Miller, Pitt, Feldman & McAnally, P.L.C., by calling 800-763-0964.

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