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What Are Common Birth Injuries Caused by Medical Negligence?

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Joliet medical malpractice attorneysHaving a baby can be one of the most joyful moments of someone’s life. However, in certain cases, the mother and baby can experience complications. Injuries suffered during childbirth can be serious to life-threatening. Problems during labor and delivery can occur for various reasons, even after a normal pregnancy. Doctors and nurses are responsible for ensuring a certain level of care, but sometimes medical mistakes or errors are made. When birth injuries occur as a result, this may be considered negligence. If you or your child was harmed during childbirth, it is important to understand what caused the injuries. You may be entitled to compensation, and an experienced medical malpractice attorney can help you determine liability and hold those responsible for your damages accountable. 

Complications During Childbirth

The birth of a child should be a momentous occasion. Unfortunately, complications can and do occur. Injuries that are commonly referred to as “birth injuries” can take place during pregnancy, labor and delivery, or shortly after birth. In certain situations, they are preventable and caused by improper procedures or negligent medical care. 

A few of the most common birth injuries include but are not limited to:

  • Asphyxia: A lack of oxygen to the baby during childbirth is called asphyxia and may be caused if there is a knot in the umbilical cord or due to placenta abruption or uterine rupture. This oxygen deprivation can cause brain damage to a baby.  
  • Cerebral palsy: Referred to as CP, cerebral palsy is a type of developmental disorder caused by abnormal brain development. Often a lifelong disability, it affects muscle control and can also impact vision, speech, hearing, or intellectual ability.
  • Skull fractures/broken bones: If used improperly, some extraction methods can cause a newborn’s skull or shoulders to break or fracture while he or she is traveling through the birth canal.  
  • Infections: Newborns are susceptible to contagious diseases, and medical staff must take proper steps to ensure proper hygiene during the birthing process. Failure to prevent or treat infections can lead to life-threatening complications.
  • Fetal death: Extreme cases of birth injuries or problems with prenatal care or during delivery can prove fatal for an infant. A stillbirth after the 20th week of pregnancy may occur because of physical trauma to the baby or mother.
  • Maternal death: Certain complications can impact the mother giving birth such as an amniotic fluid embolism, which may cause a severe reaction that can lead to blood clotting, respiratory failure, cardiac arrest, and even death. Infection or sepsis can also set in, as well as uterine rupture, leading to postpartum hemorrhage. 

Contact a Joliet Personal Injury Attorney

Many pregnancies and childbirths go as planned and without complications. In some cases, though, a birth or maternal injury can have a life-altering impact. If you sustained an injury after entrusting your life or your child’s life to a medical professional, the proficient Will County medical malpractice lawyers at McNamara Phelan McSteen, LLC understand how devastating a birth injury can be to a family. We will investigate the circumstances that led to your problems and determine liability for those responsible for the negligence. Call our office today at 815-727-0100 to schedule your free consultation.




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