What Does ‘Birth Injury’ Mean?
Preventable medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States, causing 440,000 fatalities a year. Babies are particularly vulnerable to medical errors that occur during pregnancy, labor, and delivery. It is estimated that 28,000 babies suffer from a birth injury every year.
When a baby is in the womb, they can sustain an injury, resulting in serious long-term damage and disability. Babies can also suffer serious injury and harm during labor and delivery or after delivery. Any injury suffered during pregnancy, labor, or delivery is considered to be a birth injury.
Types of Birth Injuries
A fetus could suffer serious injuries while in the womb or during the labor and delivery process. These injuries can result in a lifetime of pain and suffering and permanent disability.
Some of the most common types of birth injuries include:
- Brain injury
- Cerebral palsy
- Hypoxia/Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy
- Erb’s palsy
- Skull/Bone fractures
- Facial lacerations
- Spinal cord damage
When Medical Malpractice Causes Birth Injury
There are times when a medical professional’s negligence causes serious birth injury. All Doctors and nurses have a responsibility to provide a standard of care to their patients. This includes actively monitoring the pregnancy, identifying maternal and fetal risks, actively monitoring babies during labor and delivery, and performing timely C-sections when necessary.
If you believe that your doctor or healthcare professional’s negligence led to your baby’s injury, it is important to talk to an experienced and skilled medical malpractice lawyer with significant experience handling birth injury cases like the lawyers at Mandell, Boisclair & Mandell, Ltd.
We will examine and investigate all facts to determine if medical malpractice occurred. Our investigation includes meticulously reviewing your prenatal, labor and delivery records and consulting with medical experts.
Contact Our Providence Birth Injury Lawyers Today
If your baby suffered a birth injury it is important to know that you are not alone.
At Mandell, Boisclair & Mandell, Ltd, our experienced Providence birth injury lawyers know that children who suffer from a birth injury often need lifelong medical care and assistance.