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Birth Injury Negligence

Birth injury negligence occurs when a medical professional fails to exercise the degree of care, skill, and judgment ordinarily used under similar circumstances by a medical professional. This birth injury negligence can cause damage to a mother or newborn during the child labor or delivery process.

Birth injury negligence can include the failure to respond appropriately to certain conditions and complications that can affect the mother or the newborn during the birth event. This may include failure to diagnose or properly respond to maternal or fetal health complications including infection, disease, distress, anoxia (lack of oxygen), and similar complications. Birth injury negligence may also cause complications because of a medical professional's failure to properly address premature birth risks, large newborn head or body size, and similar risks.

Birth Injury Caused by a Doctor

Birth injury negligence can also involve a doctor or other health care professional performing a birthing technique unnecessarily or inappropriately in such a way that causes damage to the mother or the newborn. Cesarean section, forceps use, vacuum delivery, and episiotomy are all procedures that, when improperly performed, can lead to complications from birth injury negligence.

Forceps in Birth Injury

Forceps use is an example of birth injury negligence that can cause a number of injuries. Facial nerve damage and paralysis, skull fracture, hemorrhaging, and other trauma can be caused to the baby as a result of forceps-related birth injury negligence. Cesarean section can lead to excessive bleeding, infection, blood clots, and other injuries when child birth injury negligence is involved.

Caput Succedaneum in Birth Injury

When birth injury negligence is perpetrated on behalf of a medical professional, a child can suffer from a number of injuries. Caput succedaneum (swelling and bruising of the scalp) and Cephalohematoma (bleeding under the cranial bones) can occur in a newborn as a result of birth injury negligence. Facial paralysis or nerve damage and brachial plexus palsy can also occur during a birth process involving birth injury negligence.

Cerebral Palsy in Birth Injury

Cerebral palsy can result from birth injury negligence as well. Cerebral palsy is the blanket term used to describe a number of conditions where brain injury impairs the body's ability to adequately control the body. Cerebral palsy is a chronic condition that can also be accompanied by seizures, paralysis, and cognitive impairment.

Birth Injury Legal Help

If a mother or child suffers damages as a result of birth injury negligence, they have the legal right to seek compensation for their damages through a medical malpractice- birth injury lawsuit. Victims of birth injury negligence can seek reparation for medical expenses, loss of income, and psychological suffering. For more information about birth injury negligence on behalf of medical professionals, you may wish to speak with a qualified and experienced legal professional, such as a birth injury attorney, who can evaluate your case to determine your rights and options.

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