It is normal to expect that the doctor in charge of your pregnancy will act with care to ensure that your child is delivered safely. Unfortunately, an expectant parent could choose a doctor that ends up hurting their child due to their negligence. When this occurs, a doctor could be held liable for their actions through a medical malpractice lawsuit. If your child was injured by a negligent medical practitioner, contact an experienced Maryland childbirth injury attorney today.
At Bennett & Heyman, we recognize how an injury to a child can impact a family, and we are here to fight for you and your child. To schedule a free legal consultation, contact Bennett & Heyman at (410) 429-7856, or contact us online.
5 Common Childbirth Injuries that Occur in Maryland
Childbirth can be a rewarding and difficult experience for a mother. This experience can be even more difficult if a mother is receiving care from a doctor that fails to uphold the standard of care when handling the birth of a child. If a Maryland doctor fails to provide a mother with adequate care, there is a risk that a newborn could be injured due to their negligence.
The following is a list of common childbirth injuries that a child could sustain due to medical malpractice.
A bruising birth injury may occur for a variety of reasons. For example, if a child enters the womb in breech presentation, the child’s head is more prone to a bruising injury as it will remain in the birth canal for a longer period of time. Other circumstances that could result in a bruising birth injury include:
- Giving birth to a child that weighs substantially more than eight pounds
- Cephalopelvic disproportion which occurs when the mother’s pelvis prevents a child from safely entering the birth canal
- Giving birth to a premature baby (under 37 weeks)
- Incorrectly using birthing tools like forceps or vacuum extractors
Additionally, a bruising injury could lead to dangerous conditions like cephalohematoma, where a pool of blood begins to accumulate under a newborn’s skull.
Hypoxia occurs when a child is not receiving adequate oxygen to the brain or other tissues. One of the most common causes of hypoxia is a child being entangled in their umbilical cord. Depending on how long the child is asphyxiated, the child could suffer brain damage or many other injuries.
When a physician observes that a child is wrapped up in their umbilical cord, they should take steps to avoid injuring the child. One possibility is to perform a cesarean section, so the child does not lose oxygen while in the birth canal. Failure to act in this situation could result in a physician being liable for a child’s injuries.
It is the responsibility of a doctor to monitor a mother’s pregnancy at various stages to determine the health of the mother and the child. In some cases, a doctor may discover that a mother has acquired an infection that could endanger the life of her child if left untreated. Failure to treat an infection like sepsis or pneumonia that could be passed to a child could be grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Cerebral palsy is a multitude of conditions that affect how a person’s brain sends signals to the rest of the body. Many individuals that develop cerebral palsy have issues with movement, muscle tone, or posture. As cerebral palsy is an injury that a child cannot be born with or inherit, the negligence of a medical practitioner is often the cause of the injury. For example, if a doctor exerts too much force when pulling a child from the womb, they could cause a child to develop cerebral palsy.
Brachial Plexus Injury
The brachial plexus is a network of nerves that controls movements in a person’s arms and hands. Brachial plexus birth injuries typically occur because a child’s shoulders were trapped in the birth canal for a lengthy period of time. If a child suffers a brachial plexus injury, they may be unable to move parts of their arm or hands.
There are various other childbirth injuries that are not discussed in this article. If you wish to file a claim against the doctor or hospital responsible for your child’s injuries, do not delay in speaking with an experienced Maryland childbirth injuries attorney.
Our Maryland Childbirth Injuries Lawyer Is Here for You
If your child was a victim of medical malpractice, consult with an experienced Maryland childbirth injury lawyer today. The medical malpractice lawyers at Bennett & Heyman possess a wealth of experience litigating complex birth injury claims, and we would be honored to represent you. You do not have to fight your case alone. To schedule a free case evaluation to discuss your legal situation, contact Bennett & Heyman at (410) 429-7856.