In some cases, injuries sustained during birth may be immediately apparent, including bruising, broken bones, lacerations, or injuries due to the use of medical instruments like forceps or vacuum extraction. Often these injuries are minor, and the newborn will make a full recovery in a relatively short period of time. However, some birth injuries may not be noticeable at first, and may cause lasting or permanent injury.
Causes of Birth Injuries
- Delayed Birth: Labors that last more than 18 hours can lead to injuries to the newborn including compression on the brain and fetal distress. Often delayed birth necessitates a cesarean section.
- Oxygen Deprivation: Oxygen deprivation is one of the most common causes of severe birth injuries. The causes of oxygen deprivation are diverse, including prolapsed or kinked umbilical cord, low birth weight, preterm labor or any number of other factors. Oxygen deprivation leads to brain injuries that can vary in severity.
- Medical Malpractice: Both delayed birth and oxygen deprivation may be the result of medical malpractice. Other interventions that are outside the standard of care or are due to negligence or deviation from protocols may also constitute medical malpractice.
There are many points in the birthing process where injuries can happen, and it may be hard to know if a medical professional is responsible. If your child suffered a birth injury and you are not sure if it was caused by malpractice, consult with our Columbus, Ohio birth injury lawyers to determine if you have the basis for a lawsuit. Compensation cannot change the facts of a serious injury, but it can help provide the financial assistance you need to move forward.
Please contact The Law Office of Robert W. Kerpsack today for help with your suit by calling (614) 766-2000 for a free consultation. We serve clients in Columbus, Dublin, New Albany, and all of Ohio.