When you or your child have suffered a birth injury, you may be worried about the long-term impact of the injury. Your child’s life only just started, and now, they may need medical care for some time. Or, if you were injured during childbirth, you find yourself struggling to deal with painful injuries while learning how to parent your newborn.
At Anderson & Anderson, we understand that this is a painful situation, and we’re here to help. Talk to a birth injury lawyer about any of these common types of birth injuries and your legal options to pursue personal injury compensation.
When your child was born, they might have suffered brain trauma during the delivery. The birth canal itself can put pressure on the baby’s skull, leading to bruising and other injuries. In other cases, a doctor’s mishandling may be the cause of your child’s brain injuries.
For example, if forceps or other tools were used during their birth, your child may have been bruised or otherwise injured by them. A mistake can also lead to intracranial hemorrhaging, or bleeding in the baby’s brain. This can have life-changing impacts on your child’s health.
When the nerves controlling a baby’s arms and hands are damaged, the child may be unable to move properly. This can be distressing for you and your child—a stress that could have been avoided if the doctor was more careful.
Damage to this nerve, called the brachial plexus, can be repaired, but in some cases, your child may need surgery. That can be a scary option for you and your child. It’s also an option you shouldn’t have to pay for out of your own pocket. Reach out to a lawyer if your child is injured and needs care because of a doctor’s actions.
Newborn babies are fragile and must be handled with care, but doctors aren’t always so careful. Because of this, your child might have suffered a broken bone. This injury may happen during breech deliveries, but in some cases, the doctor may have been careless in their handling of the delivery. Talk to your lawyer about your legal options if your newborn suffered a broken bone.
Mistakes during birth can affect a newborn’s nerves. That’s not just in the case of brachial palsy or Erb’s palsy, either. The doctor might have caused facial paralysis by using the wrong tools during delivery, for example. Too much pressure on a newborn can cause a lack of movement on part of the face. While this may clear up on its own, it may also require surgery to correct.
A newborn’s spine is also at risk of damage if a doctor doesn’t handle the situation with care. A careless action could leave your child paralyzed if the doctor’s misstep damaged the spinal cord.
Knowing that your child is injured and suffering can be devastating as a new parent. Worse, you may not have the money to pay for your child’s recovery, and you shouldn’t have to pay out of pocket for a doctor’s careless actions.
If you or your child were injured during childbirth, reach out to a lawyer at Anderson & Anderson. We offer free consultations to parents dealing with the aftermath of a birth injury. When you’re ready to speak with a lawyer about your situation, reach out by calling 813-251-0072 or by filling out the online contact form below.