What to Know about Birth Injuries
Many people wonder how in the context of the 21st century, birth injuries do occur. But believe me, they do occur far more often than people realize. A woman comes to a hospital and she’s either in labor or about to become in labor and something goes wrong, and as a result a child is grievously injured. These are very difficult cases. The child could have cerebral palsy, which is a brain injury that sometimes results from issues involved with the delivery. It can have Erbs Palsy which can result in paralysis of the shoulder, often caused by mistakes during delivery. What you have to realize is that these types of injuries occur because of inattentiveness, lack of care on behalf of some doctors and some nurses. Every one of these cases involves a tremendous amount of investigation, almost like a detective unraveling a plot to figure out exactly what happened. We look at medical records, we look at nurse’s records, we look at doctors records. We want to know when the nurses showed up, when the doctor showed up, we want to see the signs of fetal distress if any, and any medications that were given to the mother prior to delivery before we are able to properly evaluate these cases and again, these are extremely difficult cases with very little margin of error. They are demanding of the greatest amount of attention and that is exactly what we give them. We treat them like no other cases in our office. If you have a child who’s been born with a birth defect, any kind of a problem that occurred either shortly after birth or occurred later on, call me, talk to me on the phone, make an appointment to come in and see me and I’ll tell you everything I can to try and help you.