Each year in the United States, approximately 28,000 infants suffer from a birth injury. While even an ideal delivery is risky and physically taxing for newborns, a number of complications can lead to severe birth injuries. Head or brain injuries are among the most dangerous birth injuries: depending on the severity, newborns can face health consequences for the rest of their life.
There are several head injuries that infants can experience at birth:
- Skull Deformity
- Skull Fracture
- Caput Succedaneum
- Hemorrhage (including subgaleal, subdural, subarachnoid, and epidural)
- Cerebral Palsy (caused by a lack of brain oxygen at birth)
Oftentimes, the injury is a result of a healthcare provider’s medical malpractice. Some examples of malpractice that can cause birth injuries include:
- Failure of a healthcare provider to identify risk factors
- Surgical errors
- Anesthesia errors
- Premature or delayed delivery
- Oxygen deprivation
- Blunt force trauma from delivery
- Misuse of forceps during delivery
It is unacceptable for any medical provider to put a vulnerable newborn in harm’s way. If your newborn sustained a preventable injury during labor or delivery, you deserve compensation for the expenses, pain, and suffering that was caused.
The experienced medical malpractice lawyers at Baron & Herskowitz are happy to answer any questions you may have about our firm, our services, and our cases. Contact us today to discuss the details of your medical malpractice case, and find out whether we’re the right firm for you.