Common Birth Injuries
At Begum Law Group, we have handled many birth injury cases. We have seen infants and mothers harmed in a variety of ways. However you or your child were harmed, we are here to help. We will work with you, your physicians, and medical experts to prove how you or your infant were harmed by medical negligence.
Some of the most common infant injuries are:
During a difficult or mishandled delivery, infants can suffer broken bones, such as a broken collarbone. Minor or moderate fractures may heal on their own. However, some breaks require medical intervention to ensure your child heals properly.
Bell’s Palsy (Facial Paralysis):
Your child may suffer an injury to the facial nerve. This can lead to loss of movement in their face. If it is a mild injury, it will heal in time, and your child will regain movement. However, more serious damage to the nerve could require medical intervention to heal or lead to a physical limitation. This is an example of a forceps birth injury.
Brachial Plexus Injuries:
There is a bundle of nerves at the top of everyone’s spine that runs down the neck, shoulders, arms, and hands. Newborns may suffer an injury to that bundle of nerves, which can cause nerve damage. Minor injuries occur when the nerve is stretched, and over time, your child will recover. However, if a nerve is torn, your child can suffer a permanent physical limitation.
Spinal Cord Injuries:
A spinal cord injury is one of the most severe birth injuries your newborn can suffer. This can occur anywhere along the spine, though it often happens in the neck with infants. If your child’s spinal cord is fully severed, they will suffer paralysis from the injury site down. This will come with lack of bladder and bowel control, breathing issues, muscle weakness, and other consequences. Your child can also experience a lack of sensation and mobility if their spinal cord is partially severed. However, there is the chance that they can regain a great deal of function and sensation with time and proper medical care. If your child is diagnosed with a spinal cord injury after birth, call a birth trauma lawyer immediately.
Perinatal Asphyxia (Oxygen Deprivation):
If your child does not receive enough oxygen during the birth, it can lead to serious injuries. Your child may suffer seizures, shock, organ damage, and go into a coma. The longer your child is without enough oxygen, the greater the likelihood they will have brain damage at birth. They may have cognitive, developmental, and physical disabilities for the rest of their life.
This is a neurological disorder that affects muscle coordination, balance, movement, and posture. Cerebral palsy is from birth injuries that result in brain damage to the cerebellum, which controls motor functions. The birth injury is often a lack of oxygen, or it can be from a brain bleed. If your child is diagnosed with cerebral palsy, you can expect them to deal with physical limitations for the rest of their life.
If your child experienced birth trauma and required additional medical care, or will face permanent disabilities, call our birth injury law firm immediately. We are here to fight for you and your child’s rights.
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Common Birth Injuries to Mothers
Not all birth-related injuries impact newborns exclusively. A trauma may also affect the mother or the infant and the mother.
At Begum Law Group, we have handled birth injury lawsuits involving:
Vaginal tears are common during birth, and first and second-degree tears typically heal on their own. Third-degree tears involve the perineal muscles and the sphincter muscles. Fourth-degree tears involve damage to the perineal muscles, the sphincter muscle, and the tissue lining the rectum. They typically require surgery to repair.
Physicians may make a surgical incision in the perineum to prevent vaginal tearing. However, episiotomies are not always necessary and can have serious consequences. If you were unnecessarily given an episiotomy, or this incision led to serious side effects, call a birth injury attorney right away.
Women lose a great deal of blood during and after birth. However, the loss of more than 500 ML of blood after the delivery is a hemorrhage, and it is incredibly dangerous. A blood hemorrhage is one of the most common factors in maternal death.
If forceps are misused, they can damage a woman’s urethra, bladder, genital tract, and perineum. These injuries may require medical intervention to correct and can lead to infections, incontinence, and pain during intercourse.
If the placenta comes loose from the wall of the uterus before delivery, it can lead to hemorrhaging and lack of oxygen to the fetus. It is essential that women are diagnosed quickly and treated appropriately to avoid injury to them or the infant.
A C-section is a serious surgical procedure. Despite how common they are, these surgeries put women at risk for side effects, including a uterine rupture and hospital-acquired infections.
There are also many pregnancy-related conditions that women need their physicians to diagnose as soon as possible. These include ectopic pregnancy, gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia, and Rh incompatibility. If physicians fail to notice the signs of these conditions, harm can come to the mother and the infant. Some of these conditions can lead to stillbirths, miscarriages, early birth, and permanent disabilities in the child.
If you are a woman who has suffered a childbirth injury due to a physician’s negligence during your pregnancy, a vaginal birth, or a C-section, call us immediately.
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Causes of Birth Injuries
Birth injuries can arise for many reasons. A common cause is a difficult birth resulting from a large infant, an abnormally shaped pelvis, prolonged labor, or an infant in breech or other abnormal fetal position. When difficult births arise, you need your medical team to be on top of it. You need them to be diligent and provide you with the best possible care in order to avoid injuries to yourself and your child. If your physician is negligent during a difficult pregnancy, then you and your child are much more likely to be harmed.
A common cause of birth injuries is a physician not identifying a problem soon enough, despite having all of the information to do so. When you are pregnant, you go in for regular checkups. If you give birth in a hospital, you are consistently monitored by nurses, assistants, and your physician. This is to make sure your medical team has all of the information they need to identify dangerous complications. If you are not properly monitored, or your physician fails to diagnose a problem despite the warning signs, then you or your baby may suffer.
Physicians are not always responsible for pregnancy or childbirth trauma and injuries. The natural process of pregnancy and birth can be harsh on mother and child. It can be difficult to tell what actually occurred without speaking with a birth injury lawyer and a medical expert. You may need a second opinion to determine whether you and your child received appropriate care during your pregnancy, during the birth, and immediately following. To get this second opinion, call us at Begum Law Group right away.
Pursuing Compensation in Birth Injury Claims
If there is evidence that a physician or facility was negligent during your pregnancy or birth, which caused you or your baby harm, call a birth trauma lawyer right away. We are here to help you hold medical teams responsible for their carelessness, and to fight for you to receive appropriate compensation.
Through a medical malpractice claim, we will pursue compensation for economic damages, consisting of your:
- Medical expenses, including future medical costs
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Physical limitation
- Reduced earning capacity
We will be aggressive in our approach to ensure we maximize a potential settlement or jury verdict. However, we will also discuss Texas’ caps on non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases. These are the damages outside of your economic losses. Specifically, you may only receive up to $250,000 for non-economic damages as of 2018. However, if you prove that more than one hospital or health care institution was negligent, you can receive up to $500,000 in non-economic damages.