Babies are vulnerable to injuries during childbirth. Maternal health complications, fetal distress, and fetal anoxia are among the most common. Damage can also result from the incompetent or improper use of forceps or a vacuum extractor.
Negligent prenatal care, which includes failure to diagnose and treat medical conditions, can occur when doctors or nurses fail to review the woman's medical record, follow the hospital's guidelines for prenatal care, or are negligent in conducting or discussing tests or fail to diagnose common problems. This can be extremely harmful to the baby or the mother.
Mistakes made by healthcare professionals most commonly cause birth injuries. Common birth injuries include cerebral palsy, erb's or other brachial plexopathy, or shoulder dystocia. These are traumas to the brachial plexus, the network of nerves that come from a person's spinal cord to their arm.
Birth injury lawsuits provide the families of injured children with financial compensation for the physical and emotional trauma they suffered during childbirth.
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