Improper medical care or medical negligence during childbirth may cause physical harm to the mother or the child or both. This type of injury is known as a birth injury. A birth injury can cause broken bones, nerve injury or brain damage, among other injuries. Some common birth injuries include:
- Cerebral palsy (CP)
- Erb’s Palsy and other nerve injuries
- Brain injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Broken bones
Damage to the brain is one of the leading cerebral palsy causes, a group of conditions that affect movement, balance and posture. They can be caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain or damage to one or more parts of the brain. This can affect the ability to control muscles. Symptoms can range from mild, a slight limp, to severe, a life spent in a wheelchair.
An example of birth injury to the nerves is Erb's Palsy. It affects the brachial plexus, a network of the nerves on each side of the upper body. The plexus controls movement and feeling in the shoulder, arm, and hand. Symptoms are numbness, weakness and paralysis on whichever arm is damaged by abrachial plexus injury.
What is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy (CP) is a group of conditions of the brain and nervous system that impairs functions like movement, cognition, sight, and possibly hearing. CP is a disability resulting from a lack of oxygen to the brain before, during or shortly after birth. CP is often associated with: prematurity, bleeding in the brain, brain infections, head injury, infections in the mother during pregnancy, and severe jaundice. In some cases, these causes could be the result of negligent medical care, or a mistake made by your doctor, midwife or nurse during the birth process.
A case in this form of Medical Malpractice was settled $8,300,000.00 by Forrest B. Johnson & Associates in Atlanta, GA.
Birth Injury Legal Help
The most tragic form of birth injury is the one that could have been prevented by proper care before, during and after labor and delivery. Birth injuries can be caused by improper medical care. You can speak with a birth injury lawyer. The first step is to call a nurse case manager at Forrest B. Johnson & Associates, who can help you to connect the dots around what happened. If medical malpractice is found, a settlement or judgment can help you and your family with the ongoing costs of care.