Kansas City Birth Injury Attorneys
Proven Help for Your Medical Malpractice Case
Over 150,000 avoidable birth injuries occur each year. Many of these injuries
are caused by negligence or reckless conduct by medical professionals
during the course of the pregnancy or birth.
Failure to diagnose infections or other risks during the pregnancy, improper fetal monitoring
during delivery, misuse of delivery instruments, or forgoing a medically
necessary C-Section can contribute to a birth injury.
Types of Birth Injury
The definition of a birth injury is any damage sustained to a newborn’s
body, before, during, or following birth. Many injuries can occur at birth,
though some are temporary and. Other injuries can be disabling or fatal.
There are many types of birth injuries, but some are more prevalent than others.
Some of the most common birth injuries that occur due to medical malpractice include:
Brachial Palsy Injuries: These injuries occur when the nerves that control the arms and hands,
called the brachial plexus, is injured during the birth process. This
injury is caused when an infant is pulled on by the physician while their
arm or shoulder is trapped.
Facial Paralysis: If the nerves in the infant’s face are damaged during birth, they
may suffer full or partial facial paralysis. Minor cases often heal within
a few weeks, but more serious cases can have effects for life. This injury
is commonly caused by the use of forceps or a vacuum extraction process.
Brain Injuries: Brain injuries can take many forms, including cerebral palsy and seizure
disorders. The most common cause of brain injuries during birth is oxygen
deprivation, which is referred to as Hypoxic Ischemia Encephalopathy (HIE).
This condition occurs when the blood flow is cut off to the brain, reducing
the oxygen supply.
Fractures: Broken bones can occur due to the forces of birth. Babies are fairly flexible
and able to withstand much of these forces, but fractures can occur when
doctors aren’t careful. Broken clavicles aren’t uncommon,
and occur when a physician pulls too hard on an infant being born in the
Cephalohematoma: This condition refers to bleeding underneath the cranium, which can lead
to a swollen mass on the infant’s head. Commonly, this is caused
by the use of tools during birth. Generally, it is a harmless condition,
but it can have severe complications, including low blood pressure, anemia,
jaundice, and meningitis.
Caput succedaneum: A swelling of the soft tissues at the top of the head, commonly caused
by improper vacuum extraction. Generally, this condition will fade within
a few days of birth. Your infant should be carefully monitored for signs
of a more serious condition, however.
Not all birth injuries are severe, but even minor ones can require expensive
medical care, adding to the costs of childbirth. If your child needs medical
treatment and care for years to come, the costs can add up quickly. For
this reason, you should consult our experienced Kansas City birth injury
attorneys about filing a medical malpractice claim. At Bertam & Graf,
L.L.C., we’re here to support your family during this difficult
time and attend to all the details of your case.
Causes of Avoidable Birth Injuries
Many birth injuries are the result of failure to recognize distress or
threats to the infant. They can occur in high- and low-risk deliveries,
and even the most experienced, skilled staff can accidentally miss a sign
of distress. Negligent care can come in many forms, such as:
- Failure to identify and treat maternal or fetal infections, gestational
diabetes, and Rh incompatibility
- Delegating tasks to inexperienced staff
- Waiting to perform medically necessary procedures, such as a C-Section
- Failure to properly monitor the infant for distress
- Mishandling the newborn’s skull
- Using unnecessary force during the birth, such as vacuum extraction or forceps
- Allowing the infant to have a lapse in oxygen supply
- Improper birthing techniques
Getting Help for Your Birth Injury Claim
Birth injuries are often life-changing for the whole family, and an infant
who is disabled by a birth injury may require a lifetime of medical care
and support. The cost of care for a disabled child can be devastating
to many families. If you can prove your child’s birth injury was
due to medical negligence, you can file a claim to receive the compensation
you deserve. An experienced birth injury attorney can argue your claim for you.
Kansas City medical malpractice lawyers at Bertram & Graf, L.L.C. have decades of experience fighting for
victims of medical malpractice. We can give you the dedicated legal representation
you deserve. Our firm is ready to use our extensive experience in fighting
for medical negligence victims to help you prepare for your birth injury case.
Contact Bertram & Graf, L.L.C. at (888) 398-2277 today for a free consultation, and start your medical