Omaha Birth Injury Lawyers Discuss Causes of Birth Injuries
Mistakes made before, during, and immediately after childbirth can have devastating consequences for a baby. Understanding the common causes of birth injuries is useful in determining whether medical negligence has been a factor. When a preventable birth injury results from the negligence of a medical professional, the at-fault individual or hospital can be held accountable for the injuries, damages, and losses caused.
Birth injuries can result in significant expenses and heartache for the child's parents and other family members. If your child has suffered a life-altering birth injury as a result of medical negligence, the experienced Nebraska birth injury attorneys at Cullan & Cullan LLC can help. Call us at (402) 397-7600.
Why Do Birth Injuries Occur?
Here are a few of the most common causes of birth injuries:
- Delayed birth: During labor, a newborn's head is under a significant amount of pressure. When labor lasts for several hours, the compression on the brain can result in devastating, permanent damage. Action must be taken when a labor has gone on for too long or when the baby shows signs of fetal distress. If the baby's blood pressure becomes elevated, they must be removed through Cesarean section right away.
- Oxygen deprivation: Many of the most severe birth injuries are the result of oxygen deprivation to the brain. This can happen as a result of external factors such as a prolapsed umbilical cord, or due to internal factors such as underdeveloped lungs or low birth weight.
- Head trauma: Whether it is through excessive force while using forceps, delayed birth involving extreme pressure on the head or from blunt trauma. A head injury to the fetus can have permanent or long-term consequences.
- Too much force during delivery: A baby can suffer from brachial plexus or Erb's palsy if the doctor applies too much force on their head or neck during delivery. Excessive force can damage nerves in the shoulder, resulting in paralysis or weakness in the baby's arm.
- Failure to monitor: It is crucial before and during labor to carefully monitor the vital signs of the baby and mother. When the heart rate and blood pressure of the baby aren't carefully monitored, medical professionals may fail to notice warning signs of preventable injuries.
- Medication errors: A mother and baby are vulnerable during labor. When mistakes are made with regard to anesthesia or medication, it can have devastating consequences for the mother and child.
If Your Child Has Been Injured at Birth
There are steps you can take to determine if your child has suffered a birth injury. If your child was hurt during birth or is exhibiting signs or symptoms of an injury, you need to speak with a Nebraska birth injury attorney. It may be necessary to work with qualified experts to review what went wrong and how the birth injury could have been prevented. If your child suffered harm because of mistakes made by a medical professional, you may be able to pursue financial compensation from the at-fault party or the hospital where the injury occurred.
The experienced Nebraska birth injury lawyers at Cullan & Cullan LLC will help you seek the monetary support you need to ensure quality treatment and care for your child.
Call us at (402) 397-7600 for a free consultation and answers to your birth injury questions.
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