There is nothing quite as natural as giving birth. Yet even though more
than 4 million babies are born each year in the United States, the process
of giving birth can be extremely dangerous for both the mother and the
child. When complications arise, the care given to the baby and the mother
during this time can mean the difference between life and death, or the
need to care for a profoundly injured child over his or her lifetime..
When a laboring mother is not monitored properly, doctors and nurses can
miss critical signs of distress. As such, a baby can be deprived of oxygen
for periods of time, causing significant brain damage. In addition, poor
delivery skills, failure to do timely C-sections, and dangerous levels
of medications can also cause the baby to lose oxygen and suffer brain damage.
Cerebral palsy is a chronic disability that is caused by lack of oxygen
to the brain or excessive brain bleeding in-utero or during the labor
and delivery process. Premature babies are more vulnerable to these types
of brain bleeds and thus to cerebral palsy, but any child that is denied
oxygen in utero can suffer irreparable brain damage and cerebral palsy.
The medical standard of care requires obstetricians and labor and delivery
nurses to look for signs of oxygen deprivation and to take reasonable
steps to prevent fetal injury.
Effects of Brain Damage
The effects of brain damage depend largely on how long the baby was deprived
of oxygen and what areas of the brain are affected. The extent of the
damage may be seen after birth, or sometimes not for months or even years.
For some children, their brain damage may have resulted in a lower I.Q.,
learning disabilities, and trouble with language or speech. Others may
not be able to walk, talk, or control their bodily functions. They may
require the use of a wheelchair for the remainder of their lives and even
be bed-ridden as a result.
Cerebral palsy is similar in that some children can experience mild effects,
while other children have more severe muscle tightness, seizures, and
respiratory issues. It is estimated that more than 10,000 babies each
year are diagnosed with cerebral palsy, many from oxygen deprivation during
labor and delivery that was not managed properly.
Birth Injury Lawyers
If you believe your child's brain injury or cerebral palsy was caused
by medical negligence, please
contact the Philadelphia birth injury attorneys at Golomb & Honik for your
free case evaluation. We welcome clients from Pennsylvania, New Jersey
and across the United States
medical malpractice lawyers have successfully represented families across the United States whose
children have been injured through the negligence of a doctor or medical
professional. To schedule a free consultation call
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