The birth of a child is usually a happy experience. It is a time to be remembered and cherished by parents, family members and friends. In the United States, the vast majority of children are born healthy and without significant complications.
However, this is not always the case. In some circumstances, children are born with serious injuries or medical complications. Some complications are known risks of childbirth that cannot be avoided. Unfortunately, in some cases, birth injuries are caused by medical mistakes. If your child suffered an injury at birth, you should consult with a Philadelphia birth injury lawyer who can help you investigate the reason for injury. If a birth injury was caused by medical malpractice, your child may be entitled to compensation for his or her pain and suffering, medical bills, future medical bills, as well as anticipated wage loss and other care that he/she may need to accommodate for this injury in the future.
Two common type of birth injuries are commonly caused by medical malpractice are cerebral palsy and Erb’s Palsy.
Cerebral Palsy: This condition is caused because of there is a disruption in the development of the child’s brain, such as lack of oxygen during childbirth, and can result in difficulties with movement and other cognitive impairments. Cerebral palsy can cause symptoms including as tightness of muscles which result in limited movement.
Erb’s Palsy is a medical condition which can be caused by medical malpractice. Era’s palsy results from injury to the network of nerves in the shoulder area that transmit signals from the spinal cord to the hands and arms. Era’s Palsy is also known as Erb-Duchenne Palsy. Erg-Duchenne Palsy is a type of birth injury to the brachial plexus that can be caused by medical malpractice. This is among the most commonplace and severe types of shoulder dystocia injuries.
Erb’s Palsy injuries can occur during the strain of childbirth when the baby’s shoulder gets caught and pulled forcefully behind the mother’s pelvic bone. When the shoulder is trapped in this position, the brachial plexus may become compressed, stretched or torn resulting in brachial plexus palsy.
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Disclaimer: This article is for information purposes only and is not legal advice.