Children whose doctors mishandle them during birth may suffer from permanent, debilitating injuries. Typically, this happens when their doctors have trouble with the delivery. This could mean that there were complications during the birth or that the doctor simply mishandled the baby during the delivery or shortly after birth.
Some of the most common injuries involve babies’ lungs and brains. Many babies have trouble breathing directly after birth. This may be because of a birth defect or because a doctor fails to monitor a baby’s breathing, allowing him or her struggle to breathe for several minutes. This, in turn, may affect other parts of the body.
Additionally, since babies have soft skulls, their brains are in danger of suffering trauma. A brain injury is more likely to occur when a doctor misuses forceps during delivery or forces the child through the birth canal. Brain injuries usually affect either cognitive or motor skills, but in some cases they may actually affect both.
Some of the conditions that may arise from these injuries are facial paralysis, cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy, shaken baby syndrome, and brain and spinal damage. Some of these conditions are treatable with surgery and rehabilitation. Others may be permanent. Still others may be deadly, depending on the severity of the injuries.
Parents of children who have suffered birth injuries may be entitled to financial compensation to help cover the medical costs associated with their children’s conditions as well as for the pain and suffering that these injuries put the affected families through.
Before pursuing compensation, individuals should seek experienced legal counsel for help with building and fighting their cases.