Birth injuries are not always caused by medical mistakes. In fact, the majority of the time, birth injuries can’t be prevented by even the best doctors. Many birth injuries have long lasting effects, often requiring decades of very expensive care. When birth injuries are caused by a doctor error, or medical mistake, those responsible should pay. It’s not to say they should be unreasonably punished or held to a higher standard of care than is reasonable. Doctors have malpractice insurance and it’s for when they make a mistake.
The articles below involve some specific types of birth injuries or other problems.
What Is Cephalohematoma? According to the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, a cephalohematoma is a birth injury that presents with bleeding beneath the bones in the cranium. The condition is usually caused by a long second stage of labor or delivery by certain instruments, such as a ventouse, which is a device used in vacuum-assisted deliveries. When a child develops a cephalohematoma, […]
Failure to Treat Jaundice What Is It? Jaundice occurs when a newborn has too much bilirubin in his or her blood, causing the skin and whites of the eyes to appear yellow in color. When a doctor has seen the warning signs, but does not treat, the doctor may be liable. What are the Signs […]
What Is Shoulder Dystocia? Shoulder dystocia occurs when a baby’s shoulders are stuck inside the mother’s body after the head has been delivered. This delivery complication occurs frequently when the mother’s pelvis is too narrow for the baby’s shoulders, as well as when the baby is larger than average. What are the Ramifications of Shoulder Dystocia? Shoulder dystocia is difficult to predict, […]
Failure to Properly Read Sonogram During most pregnancies, the mother undergoes multiple routine sonograms in order to monitor the progress of the baby and identify any possible problems with the pregnancy. In most cases, an ultrasound technician takes the sonogram, and a doctor reads and interprets the results. When the doctor interprets the results incorrectly, […]
What Is Subgaleal Hematoma? A subgaleal hematoma is a rare complication that occurs during or shortly after childbirth. A baby with this condition develops bleeding in the space between the scalp and cranium. Subgaleal hematomas occur most commonly when the doctor uses a vacuum extractor to assist in a baby’s delivery. What are the Signs […]
What Is Subconjunctival Hemorrhage? A subconjunctival hemorrhage is a rupture of the blood vessels contained within the conjunctiva, a thin membrane that covers the inside of the eyelids and the white part of a baby’s eye. When one or more of these fragile blood vessels rupture, bleeding occurs under the conjunctiva. Though this condition may have other causes as […]
Umbillical Cord Complications
Injuries from the Umbillical Cord Wrapped Around the Neck – Nuchal Cord According to March of Dimes, one in four babies is born with the umbilical cord wrapped around its neck. In the medical field, this condition is often termed “nuchal cord.” It rarely causes serious complications, but it can cut off the blood supply to the baby in some cases. When a […]
What Is Facial Paralysis? There are numerous potential causes of facial paralysis in children and babies. Some of the more common include Bell’s Palsy, Mobius Syndrome, and trauma during birth. Congenital facial paralysis occurs when the muscles in the face do not function properly. Though this problem is sometimes caused by certain genetic conditions, it is often the result of trauma […]