While some birth injuries are genetic and others occur as a result of no ill-will, the fact is that many birth injuries that happen are a result of negligence or medical malpractice.
During the birthing process, a child must swiftly move through the birth canal. It’s possible that the child could get stuck, and that is a potentially life-threatening situation. If the umbilical cord wraps around the child, the child could be asphyxiated. This is something the medical team should be looking out for in order to quickly release the cord from the child’s neck.
The medical team working with you on your pregnancy and delivery should be aware of potential complications and ready to deal with them when necessary. A sudden loss of blood or uterine ruptures can be deadly for mothers.
During birth, there’s also another issue to look out for. When the head enters the canal, it takes on much of the pressure of the delivery. It’s common for babies to have swelling or bruising, but it’s not normal for it to stay longer than a few days. Bruising can occur on the skull; it’s even possible for an intracranial hemorrhage to take place. That’s most common among premature infants, but it’s something your medical team should be looking for, especially if your child is acting lethargic.
Your child should receive fluids, supportive measures and warmth if a hemorrhage occurs. If your child doesn’t get the treatment he or she requires and is injured because of it, you may be able to file a claim against the medical personnel responsible. Our website has more information.