Nothing is more devastating than a preventable injury to your newborn child. In some cases, parents expect a complicated birth and thus know about the risks of birth injuries. However, even normal delivery situations can turn into emergencies instantly. If doctors and medical staff do not handle the situation properly, injuries to the baby can occur.
About 7 out of every 1,000 children born in the United States are inflicted with birth injuries. While some of these injuries are caused by unpreventable birth complications, others occur because of other factors such as prolonged labor, an inappropriate method of delivery, a failure to treat asphyxia, infection, harmful medications prescribed to the mother, or shoulder dystocia or similar problems.
Birth injuries can range from temporary, resolvable problems to permanent disability and in some cases, result in the death of the infant. Birth injuries and traumas result in:
- Shaken baby syndrome
- Bruising and lacerations
- Umbilical strangulation
- Bone fractures
- Brain damage, causing paralysis or mental retardation
- Cephalohematoma, a collection of blood on a newborn’s skull, due to pressure from the birth canal
A serious birth injury is not only traumatic to a child and his or her development, but also to the parents, who must learn to cope with their newborn’s injury. While many birth injuries are beyond the control of the doctor, sometimes they are caused by the negligence of a medical worker.
If your newborn baby has suffered from a birth injury as the result of a negligent health care worker, contact the Iowa personal injury lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600 for legal advice.