During the course of delivering a baby, there are many opportunities for things to go wrong. While the majority of babies are born healthy and without issue, there are still many others who suffer injuries ranging from mild to severe. Brachial plexus injuries are a common example of birth injuries that can occur. Babies who suffer these injuries may require long-term treatment, and some many never completely recover. When brachial plexus injuries occur as a result of the negligence of the doctor, parents may be entitled to compensation for their damages and suffering.
Five Examples of Medical Negligence Leading to Brachial Plexus Birth Injuries
How does a doctor’s negligence lead to a brachial plexus birth injury? The following are five common examples:
- The doctor fails to properly monitor and treat fetal distress.
- The doctor uses excessive force when pulling or tugging the infant during the course of the delivery.
- The doctor allows for a prolonged second stage of labor rather than scheduling an emergency cesarean section.
- The doctor causes shoulder dystocia during the course of delivery.
- The doctor improperly uses certain tools normally used for assisting with delivery.
Parents of babies who suffer brachial plexus injuries should consult with an experienced professional in order to assess whether a claim should be pursued against the doctor due to negligence. If successful, these claims can provide much needed financial relief to assist with burdens that often come with this type of injury.
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