THE GLASSMAN LAW GROUP
Birth Injuries
IF YOUR CHILD HAS SUFFERED A BIRTH INJURY AS THE RESULT OF MEDICAL MALPRACTICE YOU MAY BE ENTITLED TO COMPENSATION

Several of the most common types of birth injuries include:
  • Cerebral palsy (CP)
  • Erb’s palsy (a/k/a brachial plexus injury)
  • Arm and shoulder injuries, such as Klumpke’s Palsy
  • Prenatal stroke
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Facial paralysis
  • Mental Retardation
  • Broken or damaged bones during delivery

There is always a potential for birth injuries during the delivery process. Too often preventable birth injuries can be attributed to medical malpractice.

Examples of medical negligence include:

  • A negligent decision by the doctor or midwife, such as a delay in ordering an emergency cesarean section, or a failure to recognize the need for a cesarean section.
  • Medical personnel failed to read the fetal monitor strip correctly.
  • Improper use of medical tools. For example, the use of forceps or vacuum extraction (meant to speed up delivery) can cause harm to the infant’s body and structure.
  • Lack of action by medical personnel. For example, failure to detect the umbilical cord wrapped around a baby’s neck, which could lead to a lack of oxygen to the brain, brain damage, or even death.
  • Traumatic Delivery.

Signs and symptoms of birth injuries can occur immediately after delivery (i.e., an inability to use an arm or limp limbs) or could take weeks or months to emerge. As the infant gets older, he/she can develop difficulties with speech or muscle coordination.

One type of damage to the brain and central nervous system is Cerebral Palsy. Cerebral Palsy is an incurable disorder, and results in physical disability, and more specifically, a lack of coordination and voluntary muscle control.

A child can also suffer from Erb’s Palsy, which occurs as a result of a nerve injury that can affect an infant’s shoulder, arm, and hand. Mainly caused by trauma during birth, Erb’s palsy can cause partial weakness or complete paralysis reaching all the way to the fingertips.

Should you suspect that your child has sustained a birth injury as the result of medical malpractice, then contact The Glassman Law Group now.