Birth Defects and Birth Injuries sustained as a result of medical malpractice is almost always a devastating ordeal on the infant and the family. The most common forms of birth defects include cerebral palsy, Erb’s Palsy, and Brachial Plexus Injuries.
Cerebral Palsy refers to a group of conditions that can develop during pregnancy, child birth or the first few years of a child’s life. It can also be caused by a birth injury. This may be a result of medical malpractice. Cerebral palsy is characterized by seizures, involuntary movements, paralysis, scissor walking and more. Children with cerebral palsy may experience learning disabilities, behavioral disorders and cognitive/vision impairments.
Children who experience distress during birth (such as lack of oxygen during birth) may develop cerebral palsy. Similarly, babies born with breech presentation may also be at risk of cerebral palsy. If an infant goes into distress during birth and the medical staff does not take appropriate action, the doctor or hospital may be held liable if any resulting damage ensues.
Brachial Plexus Injuries occur when the brachial plexus (group of nerves at the base of the neck through the shoulder, arm and hand) sustains damage. These sorts of injuries may lead to Erb’s Palsy and other birth defects. During birth, the brachial plexus can suffer stretch, rupture or avulsion injury.
Erb’s Palsy refers to teh paralysis of the arm caused by damage to the Brachial Plexus.
Families of children who experience birth injuries are very likely to incur high medical bills from treatment, medication, surgery or rehabilitation for the injury. They may also have to pay for long-term care for the infant well into adulthood and for the rest of their lives. Oftentimes, families experience immense stress, psychological and emotional distress. If the birth injury was caused by medical malpractice, the family may be entitled to compensation.
If your child is a victim of medical malpractice resulting in birth defects or injuries, the Attorneys at the Law Offices of Anderson and Ferrin will fight diligently to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. Your initial consultation is free. Call today to speak directly to a lawyer.
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