Texas Birth Injury Lawyers
Houston Birth Injury Attorneys
Having a baby is supposed to be one of the most precious moments of a couple’s lifetime. Unfortunately, for those who are the victims of medical negligence during childbirth, this precious moment can be turned into a nightmare. Medical malpractice during labor and delivery accounts for birth injuries in approximately 28,000 births per year in America according to the Center for Disease Control.
Types of Birth Injuries
Medical negligence can cause a number of different injuries to a child. Some of the most common types of injuries that result from medical malpractice during childbirth are:
- Traumatic Brian Injury
- Perinatal Asphyxia
- Brachial Plexus Injury/Erbs Palsy
- Caput Succedaneum
- Intracranial Hemorrhage/Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
- Bone Fractures
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Bells Palsy
- Cerebral Palsy
Causes of Injuries to Babies During Childbirth
There are several ways in which a baby can be injured during the birthing process as a result of medical negligence. Modern medical standards require proper monitoring of the mother and the fetus throughout the labor and delivery process. Some of these causes include:
- Medical Negligence in Fetal Hear Monitoring
- Misuse of Forceps During Birth
- Misuse of a Vacuum During Birth
- Allowing Compression of the Umbilical Cord During Birth
- Failure to Properly Attend to and Monitor the Baby and/or the Mother
Medical Negligence in Fetal Heart Monitoring
A fetal heart monitor is used to ensure that the heart is beating and healthy throughout the process. Sudden changes in heart rate or drops can be picked up and evaluated. In this manor, the fetal heart monitor serves a warning system to doctors and nurses to tell them whether and when it is safe to proceed. It can be a major part of the decision of whether or not safety requires a cesarean vs natural birth. Failure to regularly watch the fetal heart monitor and recognize the warning signs can result in severe and permanent injuries to a baby.
Traumatic Brain Injury Due to Misuse of Forceps or a Vacuum
Forceps or a Vacuum may be employed in some child births. These tools are intended to be used as an aid to assist the baby out of the birth canal in more complex births. Unfortunately, misuse of these items can lead to severe and permanent brain injury to a child. This is often seen where a baby is simply too big to be naturally born through the birth canal so the doctor forcefully removes the baby. Forceps in particular, can crush a baby’s skull resulting in bleeding inside the skull from the brain. This type of injury may be noted in the medical records as traumatic brain injury, intracranial hemorrhage or subarachnoid hemorrhage. This is a very serious injury and is likely to be the result of medical negligence.
Brachial Plexus Injury and Erbs Palsy Due to Misuse of Forceps or a Vacuum
A brachial plexus injury is an injury to the nerves that run through the neck down into the arm. Erbs Palsy is a paralysis in the hand, arm or even face that can result as a result of injury to the brachial plexus. During the birthing process, if forceps or a vacuum device are not used in a cautious and prudent manner, twisting and turning the baby’s head with too much force can cause injury to the brachial plexus. This injury may be the result of misuse of the forceps or failing to recognize when a c-section should have been performed vs natural childbirth.
Umbilical Cord Injuries and Oxygen Deprivation During Childbirth
A baby gets its oxygen from its mother via the umbilical cord. If the cord is not property attended too during the labor and delivery, it can be compressed like a hose, thereby cutting off the oxygen flow to the baby. Additionally, in cases where the baby has or must be turned, the cord can become wrapped around the baby’s neck if the doctor is not careful. Oxygen deprivation to the brain from either of these conditions can result in severe brain damage to a baby.
Talk To a Lawyer About Your Case For Free
Children are a gift from God. Your childbirth experience should not be ruined due to the gross neglect of a negligent medical provider. Call Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. today if you suspect that your child and/or the mother may have suffered a birth injury caused by a doctor’s medical negligence. The consultation is always free. And you do not pay us a dime unless we win your case.
If we cannot help you with your case, we will do our best to connect you with an attorney who can. Due to the highly specialized areas of law medical malpractice encompasses, some cases are likely to be referred to an attorney who specializes in that area.