Our Columbus Ohio, Lawyers Can Answer Your Birth Injury Questions
The birth of a baby should be a happy and exciting experience for the family, but sometimes babies suffer physical injuries during birth. If your family has suffered a birth injury, your mind is probably racing with a thousand questions.
- How serious is my child’s birth injury?
- What does the future hold for our family?
- How are we going to afford all these treatments?
Some birth injuries cannot be prevented, but others occur because of errors made by physicians, hospitals or medical staff. When something goes wrong, the results can be catastrophic. The birth injury lawyers at Clark, Perdue & List Co, LPA, can help.
Types Of Birth Injuries That May Result In A Personal Injury Claim
Birth injuries can be classified in two primary categories – anoxic and mechanical. Anoxic injuries are the result of oxygen deprivation. Oxygen deprivation can cause brain injuries, including cerebral palsy, mental retardation and blindness. Mechanical injuries are the result of physical force on the infant’s body, such as the use of forceps or vacuum extractor or pulling on a limb during delivery.
Common types of birth injuries include:
- Skin irritations, abrasions and lacerations may occur as a result of scalpel cuts during cesarean deliveries or from the use of a vacuum extractor or forceps.
- Fractures, most commonly the clavicle.
- Brain damage. Oxygen deprivation is the most common cause of this serious type of birth injury. Bleeding within the skull or brain can also occur. These injuries can cause long-term or permanent seizures, mental retardation or cerebral palsy.
- Cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is an injury that occurs shortly before, during or after birth. Most frequently, this injury occurs when the infant’s oxygen supply to the brain is reduced. Other causes of cerebral palsy include improper use of forceps and vacuum extractors and failure to respond to Rh incompatibility.
- Shoulder dystocia, including brachial plexus palsy, Horner’s syndrome, Klumpke’s palsy and Erb’s palsy. These are mechanical trauma injuries caused by force on the infant’s body, and they affect the nerves controlling the arms and hands.
- Umbilical cord entrapment can cause oxygen deprivation and nerve damage.
- Forceps or vacuum extractor injuries.
- Spinal cord injuries can be caused from excessive traction or rotation.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with an experienced birth injury attorney, please contact us. We will take the time to listen to your concerns and give you straightforward feedback about how your case can be approached and resolved through legal action.