New Hampshire Birth Injury Lawyer
Negligence & Birth Injuries
When a baby is born, it is supposed to be a time of joy for family and friends. However, if your child was injured during labor or delivery, the situation could quickly turn into a nightmare. Approximately 7 out of every 1,000 births in the U.S. involve some type of injury to the child. With over 28,000 children being victimized every year, something must be done to put a stop to this heartbreaking occurrence. Seek help from a New Hampshire personal injury attorney if your child has been injured at birth.
Unfortunately, there are some birth injuries that are not preventable and are due to natural causes. For example, those infants that are born too early, before 37 weeks, will have very fragile bodies and will be more susceptible to injury. Likewise, infants who are larger than average (over 8 pounds, 13 ounces) could be at more risk of being injured during labor. In other cases, it is due to the shape and size of the mother's pelvis. Though these issues are sometimes outside of anyone's control, the doctor may still have been responsible if they should have been able to foresee the problem.
Types of Birth Injuries
A type of injury that is common in childbirth is brachial plexus injuries. The brachial plexus is a collection of nerves in the shoulder area which can be damaged when the infant's head or neck is jerked or pulled in the wrong direction during delivery. This type of injury could occur due to a feet-first delivery (breech delivery) and pulling on the infant's shoulders during delivery. The doctors will know if it is a breech delivery and so they should take the necessary precautions to ensure that the child is not harmed.
Cerebral palsy and Erb's palsy are two other serious consequences of a problem during childbirth. Cerebral palsy is actually a group of disorders that all affect the brain and nervous system. Sometimes these conditions can develop naturally, before the individual is even born. However, it could also be due to preventable and treatable causes, such as bleeding in the brain, severe jaundice, and brain infections. Erb's palsy is an injury to the main nerves in the arm that could require therapy and surgery in order to heal. It could also be due to negligence during childbirth or improper use of forceps.
Enlist Effective Representation
Whatever your situation, please do not hesitate to contact a caring and knowledgeable New Hampshire birth injury attorney from our team at Mulvey, Cornell & Mulvey. We have over 40 years of experience in medical malpractice law and understand exactly how to best help you and your family get the compensation you need to recover. Contact us today for help!
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