What Are The Most Common Causes of Birth-Related Injuries?
We know that every expectant parent anticipates bringing home a healthy newborn child. Birth-related injuries, some of which are preventable, can cause shock and pain to the parents and family at large. When parents are told their newborn faces potentially lifelong disabilities, many questions arise.
If you carried your baby through a full-term pregnancy and have questions about why your baby had to be admitted to the neonatal ICU, after labor and delivery, and whether your baby may have suffered a birth-related complication, you deserve answers.
A baby’s brain can be permanently injured over several hours of lack of oxygen to the placenta during the labor process. Recurrent or persistent lack of oxygen to the baby’s brain while still in the womb can cause loss of nature’s normal protective mechanisms of a baby’s brain during labor. Some of the most common causes of newborn brain injury suffered before, during or after birth can sometimes be avoided if there had been closer monitoring by physicians and nurses.
There are many possible underlying causes of preventable birth injuries that are a result of improper or negligent medical care. Some of the most common causes are:
- inappropriate or incorrect use of Pitocin
- failure to recognize fetal distress
- failure to identify non-reassuring fetal status during labor
- failure to properly resuscitate a depressed baby
- failure to perform a timely caesarean-section birth
- inappropriate or incorrect use of vacuum or forceps instrumentation
When a full-term baby is admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit after birth, many parts of the mother’s and the baby’s medical record help to provide insight into whether a birth injury was
preventable and what may have caused your baby’s injury. For example, the fetal monitor strips provide insight into fetal-well being or distress during the process of labor and uterine pressure monitoring can help provide insight into the baby’s response to uterine contraction patterns.
Once a baby is delivered, much can be learned about whether a baby has been injured during labor and delivery and how well the baby can survive without resuscitative measures outside the womb. We utilize a variety of tools that can be found in the medical records to determine whether there was a lack of oxygen during labor and delivery or post-partum. Early neurological findings can range from manifestations of twitching, poor muscle tone (hypotonia), stiffness (hypertonia) and seizure activity. Early diagnostic imaging such as ultrasound and MRI can help provide significant insight into your baby’s prognosis which may affect future disabilities involving cognition, speech, learning, and coordination. This is also known as cerebral palsy.
Newborn birth injuries can be financially and emotionally devastating. We encourage you to let us put our years of expertise and prior successes to work. We understand the dilemmas you face about potentially filing a birth injury lawsuit. Consider, however, that a birth injury lawsuit is about protecting the future interests of your child who will face a wide array of medical problems which will require ongoing support to optimize your child’s health and quality of life.
At Perdue & Kidd we work on a contingency basis so that you will not have to pay any legal fees or expenses until settlement. We invest a personalized approach to every birth-related injury case we handle and are proud that our services have helped many children and their families who provide care to them. When you meet with our medical malpractice team, you will have the benefit of years of legal and clinical expertise in these types of cases.