Bringing a new life into the world is often a very exciting and joyous occasion. With about 15,000 new babies born each hour around the world, most go very smoothly, with little to no complications. Unfortunately, not every family has the same experience.
Complications can arise during pregnancy and delivery that result in serious injury to a fetus or newborn. In these types of situations, where an injury could have been avoided, it is crucial that the legal rights of both the baby and the parent are fully protected.
Birth injuries can generally be separated out into two categories: the doctors’ failure to assess or respond to conditions, and injuries due to prenatal care. The experienced injury attorneys at Ashenden & Associates, P.C., in Atlanta can help you determine what went wrong and how to handle your case.
Prenatal Care Injuries
Pregnancy is a long process, which allows for a greater possibility for doctors to make mistakes or overlook an issue. Doctors have the responsibility of recognizing and understanding a patient’s preexisting condition. For example, if a doctor prescribes a drug that causes harm to the mother or unborn child, the patient could have either a medical malpractice case or one against the drug manufacturer.
Injuries Sustained During Birth
When in labor, new mothers need to trust their doctors. Unfortunately, doctors make mistakes. Whether due to inexperience or improper use of birthing tools, injuries can occur to babies during birth.
Complications can arise when a doctor fails to acknowledge common pregnancy disorders, such as hypertension; misuse of a medical device, such as forceps or a vacuum; fails to perform a necessary cesarean section; or incorrectly assesses the baby’s overall health in the womb.
Causes of Birth Injuries
Birth injuries can stem from a number of complications, and may be naturally occurring or due to a doctor’s negligence. Unfortunately, the majority of birth injuries can be avoided.
Here is a list of some of the most common causes of birth injuries:
- Delayed birth
- Oxygen deprivation
- Medical malpractice
- Delivery trauma
- Shoulder dystocia
Types of Birth Injuries
No birth or pregnancy is the same. There are a variety of complications that can occur, from facial paralysis to a reduction in blood flow before or after birth.
Some of the most common injuries that occur during the prenatal stage of pregnancy and delivery include:
- Brachial Plexus Injury (Also called Erb’s Palsy or Klumpke’s Palsy)
- Facial Paralysis
- Brain Injury
- Cerebral Palsy
- Spina Bifida
- Pulmonary Hypertension
- Reduced Blood Flow
Contact the Birth Injury Attorneys at Ashenden & Associates, P.C.
Birth injuries can often be avoided. If your child suffered an injury during delivery, contact the experienced professionals at Ashenden & Associates, P.C. in Atlanta to schedule free a consultation. Our team of expert attorneys have experience working on birth injury cases and other medical malpractice cases, and can work with you to determine whether you have a strong case.