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Birth trauma occurs during the process of childbirth and is damage to the infant child from the forces exerted on the baby from the strong muscle contractions during the birthing process. Labor and delivery can be a difficult process, and a doctor must provide reasonable care for both the mother and the child. It is a terrible tragedy when the doctor fails to provide reasonable care and the mother or infant is injured. Statistically, about 7 out of 1,000 babies born in the U.S. will suffer some form of birth related injury.
Birth trauma can include damage to the brain, skull, and spinal cord from mechanical forces such as the use of forceps. Some types of birth trauma that can occur are brachial plexus palsy, head trauma, broken or fractured bones, or spinal cord damage. In particular, oxygen deprivation during birth can cause terrible, life altering problems, including mental retardation or cerebral palsy. Oxygen deprivation is sometimes caused by a doctor not timely performing a Caesarian section (C-Section) or failing to recognize signs and symptoms of a problem. If you think that your baby has suffered birth trauma, it is important to have your medical records reviewed by a competent professional so that you do not have to bear the extra medical costs of assisting your child.
Injuries that occur due to birth trauma can often have significant long term consequences and may require many years of health care. These costs can be very expensive. An attorney can review your case and help you determine how much money you may be able to obtain to compensate for your child's injuries. If a doctor was responsible for your child's injuries, you should not have to pay the costs of his or her medical malpractice.
At the law office of Manuel Moses, Esq., I work with doctors who are also medical malpractice lawyers, we do the cases together, and we are prepared to review your medical files for negligence. You may contact me for a free consultation at 212-736-2624, extension 11.
Disclaimer: Nothing on this page constitutes formal legal advice and you are strongly urged to consult a lawyer about your injury and potential law suit.