When you're an expectant mother, all that you can think about is getting to the hospital and having your child. You might worry about the pain or getting there in time, but what you probably worry about most is your child being born free from injury. While more often than not, children are born perfectly healthy, babies can end up suffering from birth injuries.
Birth injuries are injuries that happen during the process of giving birth. Sometimes, they may occur naturally through no fault of anyone, but, in other instances, they may happen as a result of negligence on the part of the doctor or other medical professionals. When that is the case, you may want to think about speaking with an attorney to seek justice for yourself and your baby. Hopefully, you will not find yourself in this type of situation, but, just in case you do, it is important to be aware of the types of birth injuries and the warning signs that your infant may have sustained one.
Brachial Plexus Injuries
One type of birth injury that you should be aware of is what is known as a brachial plexus injury. These injuries are relatively common and often do occur because of negligence on the part of the doctor.
The most common result of a brachial plexus injury is nerve damage, which can sometimes result in a lack of feeling in certain body parts or, in extreme cases, paralysis. If your infant is suffering from any such injuries or symptoms and/or if your post-natal physician suspects brachial plexus injuries, it is very smart to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible to determine if you have a case on your hands.
Brain Problems or Developmental Problems
The brain can also be injured during the birthing process. When this happens, it can sometimes produce severe results and is typically due to oxygen deprivation during the birthing process. Some common issues that may be the result of improper birthing techniques may include:
- Perinatal asphyxia
If your infant has been diagnosed with one of these conditions, speak to a lawyer to help determine if they could have been the fault of your healthcare practitioners.
Hopefully, your birth and delivery go well, without any problems. If that doesn't happen, though, be aware of the possibility of a birth injury, and do not hesitate to speak with a lawyer who specializes in such cases for more information.