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There are approximately 158,000 potentially avoidable birth injuries that occur in the United States. Many of these injuries have been due in part to medical negligence or even reckless conduct by physicians, midwives, nurses, and other healthcare personnel during the course of vaginal and C-section deliveries. The medical care of a newborn and his or her mother throughout the birth and delivery of a child should never be the cause of an avoidable injury.

Types of Birth Injuries

There are a wide variety of conditions that are considered to be birth injuries. The definition of ‘birth injury’ is any type of damage to a newborn baby’s body before, during or soon after birth. It is estimated that 7 of every 1000 births in the United States result in a birth injury. Many injuries are temporary and the baby and/or mother will fully recover. However some birth-related injuries may have a life-altering effect or can even be fatal.

Birth injuries may include:

  • Brachial plexus palsy
  • Brain damage
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Erb's palsy
  • Fractured bones
  • Group B strep
  • Skin irritations
  • Temporary paralysis

In some cases, the child faces a lifetime of disability due to the actions, or inactions, of medical personnel. In these cases, investigations by a birth injury attorney may be an important course of action for the grieving families.

Possible Causes of Birth Injuries

Obstetric traumas can occur in both low risk and high risk delivery scenarios, and even with exemplary medical care birth injuries can still occur.

However, there are many forms of negligent medical care that can cause a birth injury, for example:

  • Failure to recognize fetal distress
  • delay in performing a necessary Cesarean section (C-section)
  • delegating important procedures to inexperienced or junior staff or nurses
  • failing to identify and treat conditions such as maternal and fetal infections, maternal or gestational diabetes, and Rh incompatibility
  • improper birthing techniques
  • mishandling of the baby's delicate skull
  • Applying undue force during the baby’s delivery, often with forceps or vacuum extraction
  • Deprivation of oxygen or a lapse in oxygen supply

Contact Louisville Birth Injury Attorney Brett H. Oppenheimer

If you believe that your child was harmed during labor and delivery due to medical negligence in Kentucky, you should speak to a local attorney who will help you through these devastating circumstances.

Brett Oppenheimer is committed to helping his clients through the legal and emotional hurdles they may face in dealing with a medical malpractice claim. You may read about one of Brett’s past cases involving birth injury due to a doctor neglecting to perform a timely C-Section. Brett is a Kentucky medical malpractice attorney who has offices in downtown Louisville.

You can easily reach out to Brett for consultation via our contact form or by calling (502) 242-8877.