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If you or your child suffered harm during the labor or delivery process, you may have a claim for medical negligence against the team tasked with “caring” for you. Hospitals, nurses, and obstetricians are held to a certain standard of care, and when they fail to meet this standard, serious injuries—even death—can result.
Types of Birth Injuries
With modern medical technology, most neonatal birth injuries are entirely preventable. When a child shows signs of broken bones, nerve damage, and/or permanent brain injury, there is reason to believe medical malpractice was involved.
Some of the most common birth injuries include:
- Brachial plexus injuries (Erb's Palsy and Klumpke's Palsy)
- Horner Syndrome (drooping eyelid on side affected with brachial plexus injury)
- Broken bones
- Spinal injuries
- Brain injuries
- Cerebral palsy (CP)
- Facial paralysis
Lack of Oxygen to Baby During Pregnancy
Perhaps the most serious cause of birth injury is lack of oxygen to the brain. There are three main causes of brain injury during or immediately following delivery: reduced oxygen, trauma and reduced glucose. During a problematic delivery, two or more of these causes can occur and, oftentimes, if one occurs, it will trigger a secondary event that contributes to the brain injury.
During labor and delivery, anything that impedes the delivery of oxygen can cause injury to the brain. This includes problems with the mother's ability to supply oxygen to the placenta, as well as any problem with the proper functioning of the placenta, or even damage or compression to the umbilical cord during labor and delivery.
Excessive Pitocin can also be problematic, causing contractions to come less than two minutes apart and making it impossible for the body to replenish the oxygen supply. If Pitocin is causing the contractions to come on too strong and too frequently, someone on the healthcare team should shut off the Pitocin before putting the mother and child at risk of brain damage or death.
What Can Go Wrong During Labor and Delivery?
A number of things can go wrong during labor and delivery, the most common of which include:
- Miscalculating the size of the baby (large infants)
- Unnecessary delays in a C-Section delivery
- Use of excessive force during delivery
- Choosing the inappropriate delivery method
- Failure to promptly treat lack of oxygen, infection or bleeding
- Giving the wrong dose or type of oxytocin or misoprostol
- Using a vacuum extraction when a C-Section or forceps is necessary
If you or your child are currently suffering from undue injuries sustained at the hands of a negligent medical professional, we can help. Call our Albuquerque medical malpractice lawyer, James H. Wood, for expert legal advice from a Double Board Certified Civil Law Trial Attorney: (505) 906-6774.
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