Birth Injuries

Kentucky Medical Malpractice Lawyers

Health care providers manage most Kentucky labor and delivery events carefully, professionally and without complications. But not all childbirths are 100 percent successful. Sometimes a child is born with a birth defect that occurred as the fetus was developing. However, a birth injury is something that occurs during labor or shortly after delivery, which may be a result of medical malpractice.

If your Kentucky obstetrician did not take the proper precautions during pregnancy, if you had a long labor or your child required the use of a vacuum or forceps, these could all result in harm to a newborn.

Elite Injury Attorneys NetworkIf you live in Kentucky and your child was delivered with a birth injury, it may be the result of medical malpractice. An attorney from the Elite Injury Attorneys’ Network, LLC can review your case and it appears to have merit, he will attempt to find you a Kentucky medical malpractice lawyer, for no additional fee.

Common Birth Injuries

Statistics reveal that about 27 out of every 1,000 births involve some type of birth injury. The most common event that causes harm to a newborn is oxygen deprivation. This situation, which is generally preventable, may lead to permanent injury and even death.

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is a birth injury that may occur if a baby is deprived of oxygen. It can also be caused by seizures, physical head trauma, a brain infection (such as bacterial meningitis) and a number of other factors.

The symptoms of cerebral palsy may not be revealed until months, or even years later. Be aware of your child displays:

  • Signs of decreased muscle function in the arms and legs
  • A delay in the development of motor skills
  • Speech impediments
  • Difficulties with bladder and bowel control
  • Learning disabilities

Unfortunately, there is no cure for cerebral palsy, as the damage to a child’s brain is irreversible. There are treatments that can help, such as physical therapy, special education, and certain medications.

Erb’s Palsy

Erb’s palsy or brachial plexus paralysis is a nerve injury that can affect a baby’s shoulder, arm and hand. This condition is the result of trauma during birth, when the shoulder becomes lodged against the mother’s pelvic bone and the baby becomes partially stuck in the vaginal canal. When this happens, force is required to delivery the shoulder. Some doctors use forceps, others may use a vacuum. Just pulling on the baby’s head can cause the nerves in the shoulder to stretch and tear.

When the brachial plexus (nerves that run from the spinal cord to arm, wrist and hand) become injured, your child may experience a partial weakness or complete paralysis from the shoulder to possibly the fingers. Erb’s palsy has become one of the most serious and common types of upper extremity injuries that occur during childbirth.

Symptoms of Erb’s palsy include:

  • The inability for the infant to lift its arm or crawl on its own
  • Stunted growth in the arm
  • Weakness or paralysis in the arm and hand
  • Impaired muscular development or circulatory development
  • A limp hand
  • Inability to properly or fully use the elbow

If your child suffered a birth injury, please complete the online form so that the Elite Injury Attorneys’ Network, LLC can try to find you a Kentucky medical malpractice lawyer.