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What if my child suffered a birth injury in 2020?

On Behalf of | Feb 17, 2021 | Medical Malpractice

The last year has put significant strain on health care providers and hospitals. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has been difficult for parents too, especially those who faced welcoming a new baby during a global health crisis. Expecting parents faced a lot of uncertainty. How would they handle their child’s birth and protect themselves and their newborn from getting COVID-19?

Then, some of those new parents faced another concern: that their child suffered a birth injury. For every 1,000 births in the United States, about six infants are born with a birth injury. A birth injury is different from a birth defect. A birth injury is the result of a traumatic birth.

Common birth injuries

Some of the most common birth injuries are:

  • broken bones (such as the collarbone)
  • brain injuries (such as cerebral palsy)
  • nerve injuries in the neck and shoulder

Some birth injuries, such as brain damage due to lack of oxygen or cerebral palsy, have life-long effects.

Birth injuries and negligent care

If your child was born with a birth injury in 2020, the injury may have occurred because of improper medical care. A doctor’s mistake during birth or improper monitoring may have led your child’s birth injuries. A doctor could have failed to perform a C-section promptly and your child suffered a birth injury as a result. A doctor could have failed to recognize your child had their umbilical cord wrapped around their neck, leading to oxygen deprivation during delivery.

You should consult a personal injury attorney if you believe your child’s birth injury was the result of negligent care. You may need to file a medical malpractice lawsuit to recover costs associated with your child’s care.

Holding a medical provider responsible for their mistakes is important. You can help protect other patients and ensure your family receives compensation for the birth injury your child suffered.

 

 

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