Birth Injury Causes

If a child was injured during delivery, it is important to figure out whether the birth injury was because of medical negligence or natural causes. In order to have a strong claim in court, you must prove that the particular healthcare worker’s performance or conduct fell below the medical standard of care leading to the birth injury. This is why it is important to hire competent and experienced birth injury attorneys at Romanucci & Blandin to take your case because they have a lot of experience working with children and parents and can help you determine whether your child’s injuries were caused by negligence.

There are several different causes for birth injuries and they include:

  • Delayed Birth
    If a labor lasts over 18 hours, it is generally considered to be a long and difficult labor and often the compression on the brain becomes too much for the baby. These babies are likely to show signs of fetal distress
  • Medical Malpractice
    The birth of a child is usually an incredibly joyous occasion for parents and most of the time the baby is delivered safely. Unfortunately, for some deliveries, there are complications that arise and if they are not handled properly, they can cause serious harm to the baby. Doctors and their support staff need to be ready to handle any problems that arise in order to deliver the baby safely. Doctors also need to take care to not prolong the delivery, since prolonged labor can cause serious injury or death to the newborn. If appropriate care is not given to their mother and her baby, the medical professionals may be negligent for their actions since birth injuries sustained may have been avoidable.
  • Oxygen Deprivation

    Oxygen deprivation is one of the most common reasons that a baby can suffer from a severe birth injury. Almost all brain injuries caused by a birth injury are related to the baby experiencing oxygen deprivation

  • If your child suffered a birth injury and it was the result of a medical professional’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. In addition to suffering from the devastation and pain of a birth injury, there are also financial hardships since a permanent injury will often necessitate long-term medical care. An experienced birth injury attorney will be able to help you with your case and get you the compensation you deserve.

    There are many different examples of medical negligence during the labor and delivery stage that includes:

    • Failure to diagnose or treat infections and monitor vital signs
    • Failure to perform a timely Caesarean and address changes in fetus
    • Neglecting to perform tests during pregnancy
    • Hypoxia
    • Umbilical cord complications or placental abruption
    • Improper forceps or vacuum use
    •  Medication errors

    If our team at Romanucci & Blandin determines that your healthcare professional failed to meet the accepted standard of care, a birth injury lawsuit may be filed.

    One possible cause of a birth injury are from a class of anti-depressants known as SSRIs. These anti-depressants have been linked by research done by the Mayo Clinic to cause severe and devastating birth injuries. Using SSRIs while pregnant or breast feeding can result in injuries to your child. Some of the more popular SSRI’s include Celexa, Zoloft, Prozac and Paxil. Different birth defects are associated with these drugs including heart and lung problems.