Birth injuries: When a woman is expecting a child, it should be one of the most joyous times in her life. The parents spend months planning for the arrival of their new baby. When complications arise before or during the birth, it can have devastating affects on everyone in the family. According to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), for every 1,000 babies born in the United States each year, seven babies may incur birth trauma injuries. Some of the most common causes include:
Preeclampsia is may occur when the mother experiences a sudden rise in blood pressure and protein leaks into the urine. If left untreated, this can develop into a condition known as eclampsia. The mother can experience convulsions or end up in a coma.
Failure to perform a Cesarean section after prolonged labor can result in the baby being deprived of oxygen if left in the birth canal for an extended period of time.
Inducing labor too early can result in premature birth, posing risks to the baby such as difficulty breathing.
Improperly using forceps during delivery could result if nerve or brain damage to the child.
There are many other types of injuries that can occur when doctors or nurses fail to perform their duty to the reasonable standard of care expected. In California State, claimants must file a lawsuit within one year from the date of injury. However, when minors are involved, this time-frame can be extended.
About the Author
Attorney Steven Peck has been practicing law since 1981. A former successful business owner, Mr. Peck initially focused his legal career on business law. Within the first three years, after some colleagues and friend’s parents endured nursing home neglect and elder abuse, he continued his education to begin practicing elder law and nursing home abuse law.