With the labor and child delivery procedure being complicated, the medical professionals who will help you throughout the entire process know how important it is to do things with utmost care and caution.
When any of them commits even the smallest mistakes, your baby can sustain injuries during the birthing process. And while cerebral palsy (CP) is one of the most common, the following fractures and injuries can occur:
Spinal cord injury
When damage to the spinal cord occurs, most often, it leads to stillborn babies or even death right after delivery. This is because the injury to the spinal cord causes the baby to have the inability to properly breathe.
In cases wherein the baby lives, the doctors should immediately use ventilation, as this can save the child’s life. However, when the lesion does not present itself in the form of a temporary neuropraxia, the child will suffer from the condition permanently. And even survivors often develop spasticity and are usually weak.
Medical negligence during the process of childbirth can also result in fractures to the clavicle. In fact, it is one of the most common birth injuries presenting itself in the form of obvious paralysis. Uneven bone, muscle spasm, and crepitus may also indicate that the baby has sustained this fracture. While it will heal within a week or so, the affected arm remains immovable.
Arm and leg bone fractures
Fractures to the arms and legs are often audible during the birthing process. Upon completion of delivery, these injuries will become obvious because the baby can’t move his/her fractured limbs. Swelling will also appear later on.
Medical negligence during delivery is unacceptable. You should consult an Atlanta birth injury attorney right away if your baby suffers from any of these due to errors on the part of your medical team. The lawyer will help you file a lawsuit.