Most Oregon parents come out of the child birthing experience with a happy, healthy baby to add to their family. For a few parents however, the delivery of their child turns into a traumatic experience with an unexpected birth injury caused by a doctor error. While some of these injuries are minor, some of them can result in severe long-term health consequences for the child.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are a number of common birth injuries that occur due to medical negligence.
Erb’s palsy and other brachial plexus injuries
If shoulder dystocia occurs and the infant’s shoulder gets stuck in the mother’s pelvis and the doctor pulls too hard during delivery, the baby may suffer an injury to the brachial plexus. As a result, the baby may experience nerve damage affecting the movement of the arm and hand.
If a physician fails to properly monitor the baby during the process, the baby may suffer oxygen deprivation due to umbilical cord issues. This oxygen deprivation may result in brain damage, which could lead to cerebral palsy or a seizure disorder. Cephalohematoma, or bleeding under the cranium, also may occur when the doctor uses tools to assist with the birth, resulting in bump on the baby’s head. The bump may go away after a few months but could also cause anemia and other conditions.
If a physician uses forceps or vacuum extraction during the birth to pull the baby out, the baby may suffer nerve damage in the face. As a result, the baby may not be able to move parts of the face, which may be a temporary or permanent issue.
Larger infants and babies born in breech are more likely to experience bone fractures, including clavicle fractures, particularly if the physician pulls too hard on the child during delivery.
If your baby is suffering due to a doctor’s negligent actions, you can file a medical malpractice claim against the doctor, as well as the hospital where your baby was delivered. A medical malpractice attorney in your area can provide you with additional information.