The birth of a child is a joy-filled, memorable moment for parents in Washington. Childbirth is also a delicate medical process, and one in which even the smallest error could have drastic consequences for infants and mothers. Unfortunately, a multitude of babies suffer birth injuries every year due to medical malpractice. Here are some common birth injuries that parents need to be aware of.
Cerebral Palsy is a type of brain injury that is usually caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain. This typically happens during childbirth, but sometimes before or after the child is born. Cerebral palsy can cause developmental delays and problems with motor skills. This condition can also affect a child’s ability to move and maintain balance.
Erb’s Palsy and Brachial Plexus injuries
If excessive force is used in childbirth, it can damage the brachial plexus of the infant and lead to Erb’s Palsy. Children with Erb’s Palsy usually experience weakness and loss of motion in their arms. In more extreme causes, this condition can lead to paralysis.
Head and brain injuries
Head or brain injuries are some of the most common types of injuries suffered during childbirth. These injuries are usually caused by external trauma, congenital disabilities or oxygen deprivation during childbirth or pregnancy. Signs of a head or brain injury in infants often include a deformed or undersized head and abnormal facial features.
There is help available for affected families
Parents whose newborn has suffered any of these injuries should always consult medical experts and get the appropriate treatment. However, if birth injuries have occurred due to medical malpractice, parents in Washington have the right to speak with an experienced attorney and pursue legal action. A successful lawsuit could provide parents with much-needed and deserved compensation.