Thanks to the experience and care of most healthcare professionals, the majority of child deliveries go smoothly with no injuries to the mother or newborn. However, medical negligence can play a significant role in a delivery gone wrong. Even though most injuries incurred during childbirth disappear quickly after the child is born, a number of others are long lasting and will forever change the lives of the child and family. When medical negligence leads to the injuries of you or your newborn, a medical malpractice claim may be warranted. By contacting the experienced birth injury attorneys at Long & Long in Alabama, you can have your medical malpractice questions answered to determine whether your case should be pursued.
Common Birth Injuries
An estimated 5 out of every 1,000 children born in the United States will sustain some type of birth injury. Thanks to a baby’s youth, minor bruising and even fractures will heal quickly so the new family may continue their daily routine. However, medical negligence can lead to a life-altering diagnosis that may never have occurred otherwise. Some of the most common birth injuries include:
- Vacuum extractor and forceps injuries – when excessive pressure by vacuum extractors or forceps is used to deliver the baby, skull fractures, brain injuries, internal bleeding or wrongful death may result.
- Lack of oxygen to the brain (hypoxia) or body (asphyxia) – hypoxia is a known cause of brain damage and cerebral palsy and asphyxia could lead to serious muscle or organ damage.
- Strained or torn nerves – Erb’s palsy may result when the nerves of the brachial plexus are injured during child delivery.
- Uterine rupture – a uterine rupture that is improperly handled during childbirth may lead to brain damage or can be fatal to the mother or baby.
Many of those injuries could have been prevented if the healthcare professional had taken preventative action before or during childbirth. If you or your baby has been injured as a result of medical negligence, please contact the qualified Alabama birth injury attorneys at Long & Long. We proudly represent clients in Mobile, Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Daphne, Fairhope, Foley, Spanish Fort, Malbis, Robertsdale and throughout Baldwin County, Alabama.