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.