Louisiana Birth Injury Attorneys
Protecting Those Who Most Deserve It
Birth injuries, sometimes referred to as birth traumas, occur when an injury is sustained by a newborn child during the labor and delivery processes. Sometimes, a birth injury cannot be avoided. The child’s position in the womb and umbilical cord can cause complications that are common and unavoidable by a nurse or physician. However, when mistakes are made by the medical staff that cause injuries in newborn children, it may constitute medical malpractice, and you may be entitled to financial restoration for your or your child’s injuries.
Common Birth Injuries or Traumas
- Bruising/Forceps Marks: Forceps and vacuum suction are common tools used during delivery and they sometimes cause bruising on the child’s forehead. In more severe cases, these tools can cause fractures in the skull that may require surgery.
- Subconjunctival Hemorrhage: This is the result of broken blood vessels in the baby’s eyes, causing red circles around the child’s irises. Usually, this injury will heal itself in just a matter of a couple of weeks.
- Caput Succedaneum: Vacuum extraction can cause a large swelling of the newborn’s scalp. This will heal in just a matter of days.
- Facial Paralysis: Forceps used during labor can place excess pressure on the child’s face. In mild cases, it will heal a few weeks after delivery. In more serious cases, the newborn child may need surgery to reverse the nerve damage.
- Brachial Palsy Injuries: This affects the brachial plexus, which is the collection of nerves responsible for the movement of arms and hands. When a child is born with his or her shoulders stuck, he or she sometimes suffers from the inability to move arms and hands. Sometimes this condition will correct itself, while more severe instances involve surgery.
- Fractured bones: Infant bones are more fragile than ours, and often they are injured during delivery. The most common bone fractured is the collar bone.
- Brain injury: If a child’s oxygen is cut off to the brain during delivery, the child may suffer brain damage. This may lead to seizures, cerebral palsy, or mental disabilities in the child.
Medical Malpractice Suits Related to Birth Injury
Birth injuries are among the most common suits filed in the area of medical malpractice. Though sometimes an injury was, in part, caused by a nurse or physician, many circumstantial conditions contribute to a difficult birth, such as the mother’s anatomy, the child’s size and amount of time spent in the womb, length of labor, and the child’s position in the womb. These conditions may cause complications but may not be the direct fault of a nurse or a physician.
The following examples are actions taken, or not taken, by doctors that may constitute malpractice:
- Failure to prepare for complications involving the health or size of the child
- Lack of response to bleeding
- Failure to identity a wrapped umbilical cord or pain in the child
- Late decision to perform a cesarean section
- Improper use of tools, such as forceps or vacuum extractors that cause injury in the child
- Misuse of drugs during delivery
- Insufficient care before, during, or after labor
Preparing Your Birth Injury Suit
If your child suffered serious or permanent injuries during labor and delivery at the fault of a medical professional, you certainly deserve retribution to provide medical care for your child. However, it would be difficult to prove such is the case by yourself. As a plaintiff, it is your responsibility to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that malpractice occurred. Without medical and legal knowledge on a wide scale, you may not get what you deserve from the parties at fault. The experienced Louisiana birth injury attorneys at Arnold & Itkin have sat in high pressure courtrooms and at settlement tables all across the county, fighting for and winning what our clients need. We understand the extent of pain and suffering you are experiencing and work hard to make sure you are justly compensated.
Contact our team at (225) 412-6348 to schedule a free case evaluation and help us work toward providing what’s necessary for your child’s injuries.