No Excuse for Birth Injuries

Nothing is more tragic than a child born with health problems, except perhaps when these problems were preventable. There is always a risk that a child will inherit genetic defects that will affect its development, or that the mother will develop an illness that will have the same effect. These are unfortunate, but no one’s fault. But when a child develops a birth injury, like cerebral palsy because the physician was incompetent or careless, that is a whole other matter.

Medical malpractice takes many forms, ranging from nursing home neglect to wrong-part surgery, and they can all result in serious if not fatal harm to patients. Medical professionals are held to a higher standard than other professionals because they deal in the health of the people who rely on their competence and sense of duty. This is more so when dealing with professionals who are tasked with the care of a newborn.

A birth injury is not always permanent. A good example is Erb’s palsy, when the brachial plexus is damaged when labor is prolonged or the force used to pull the baby out was excessive. Many babies that suffer this injury eventually recover within a short period after birth, and the after effects also disappear over time. Of course, in severe cases when avulsion (separation) of the brachial plexus occurs, the damage is permanent, rendering the affected arm practically useless. But in any case, injury to a newborn should be avoided at all costs because the consequences can have such a deep impact. Medical professionals are well aware of this, so they need to be sure that they are fit and able to perform their duties properly. There is no excuse for birth injuries.

If you or your child was injured from the negligence of your attending medical professional, you may have a case for medical malpractice. Consult with a lawyer in your area specializing in this type of personal injury cases to find out more.

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