Having a child should be a joyous time in anyone’s life. You want your child to have a great start in life. But when a misdiagnosis or failure in duty of care causes a lifelong injury, your joy quickly changes to anger, frustration, and fear for your child’s future.
With a combined experience of more than 40 years, the Pennsylvania birth injury lawyers at Fellerman & Ciarimboli have been fighting for those injured by medical malpractice across Philadelphia and Northeastern Pennsylvania. We understand the pain and frustration your family is facing at this time. And that’s why our attorneys will not rest until you and your family are compensated for these medical errors.
Common Causes of Birth Injuries
It’s the duty of healthcare professionals to make sure you get the best treatment for you and your little one. And when those professionals are negligent in their duty, an injury can occur that can change your child’s future in an instant.
Birth injuries do occur more often than you would imagine. Of every 1,000 infants that are born in the United States each year, between six and eight of them are born with an injury.
Some of the more common causes that result in a birth injury include:
- Failure to Monitor Fetal Distress – A lot can happen during labor. it’s important that both the mother and the child’s vitals are monitored in case an emergency occurs. If vitals are not closely monitored, issues can occur during and after birth.
- Lack of or Restricted Air Flow – When a flow of oxygen to the child is restricted for an extended time, it can severe brain damage or possible death.
- Failure to Order an Emergency Cesarean in a Timely Fashion – If the child is in danger, an emergency cesarean may be the only option to save the child. But if the order is delayed, it could have an impact on the child’s health.
- Prolonged or Delayed Labor – The birthing process can be a lengthy and painful experience. However, a prolonged labor could endanger not only the child’s life but the mother’s as well. Complications can occur.
- Placental abruption – There can be times when the placenta separates from the uterus, causing a deprivation of oxygen to the infant. If it’s diagnosed early enough, it can be treated properly. But if it’s undiagnosed, it can lead to several complications including brain damage, seizures and even death of the infant.
- Communication Breakdown – This type of negligence occurs in many medical malpractice cases. When healthcare professionals do not properly communicate with each other, it could result in a delay in action or a misdiagnosis. Conditions could go untreated and lead to severe complications.