Birth injuries due to medical negligence can be devastating for families. In the case of fractures, some of these injuries aren’t always immediately apparent. If your labor and delivery were particularly traumatic or lengthy, and you new baby is presenting with signs or symptoms of a fracture, you need to let your doctor know immediately. A variety of complications can put babies at higher risk for sustaining birth injuries. Fractures are more likely to occur if medical errors or negligence happens in the delivery room. Fractures and broken bones involving the clavicle (collarbone), skull, arms, wrists, back, legs or feet can happen when instruments or procedures are misused during delivery. Depending upon where the fracture is and the severity, these injuries could leave babies with lifelong health issues.
Collarbone Fracture Birth Injury
Clavicle (collarbone) fractures are one of the most common types of fractures that happen during labor and delivery. This particular fracture can occur when a baby is stuck in the birth canal for too long, and is forcefully delivered. If the baby’s arm is pulled too hard, or if instruments are used improperly, there is a risk for a collarbone fracture or another type of birth injury. Premature delivery can also mean babies are more likely to sustain a fracture.
Skull fractures are particularly dangerous. If the baby’s head gets lodged or stuck behind the mother’s pelvic bone, it’s not uncommon to see overly forceful procedures used to delivery the baby. The misuse of forceps and vacuums can also lead to skull fractures. Anytime an instrument is used to assist the delivery of a baby, the doctor using it needs to be well trained, educated and able to use that instrument safely and appropriately. Heavy-handed use of forceps and other extraction devices can put babies at risk for birth injuries like skull fractures, brain damage and other potentially permanent injuries. Listed below are some common symptoms of fracture birth injuries.
Symptoms of Fracture Birth Injuries
- Drooping limb
- Non-moving limb
- Localized swelling
- Loud crying when touched
- Slouching on one side
- Decreased movement in one limb
Improper Use of Medical Tools
Improper use of medical tools and devices is a huge problem in delivery rooms. These devices, when used judiciously, are safe and effective. When they’re used too forcefully or improperly, they put mothers and babies at risk. Vacuums have to be properly positioned and forceps need to be used in a safe and appropriate manner to ensure safety of mother and baby. It’s essential for delivery doctors to exercise caution and care when deciding to employ certain medical tools like forceps and vacuums.
In many cases, if caught early, fractures do heal just fine. That being stated, if fractures aren’t detected or if they’re particularly severe, there can be serious long-term health consequences to the baby. Skull fractures may also involve other complications and injuries. If you suspect your baby suffered from a bone break or fracture during delivery, you need to get with your doctor immediately and contact a personal injury lawyer with birth injury case experience. The sooner your baby is accurately diagnosed, the better chance you have at reducing the possibility for long-term negative impacts to your child.
Negligent Birthing Procedures
Ultimately, mothers and families are counting on doctors and their medical teams to use good judgment and operate within required medical safety guidelines. If doctors or other members of the medical team are negligent in the labor and delivery process, the health and safety of mothers and babies is put at great risk. Negligence in the delivery room isn’t always immediately apparent, especially in cases involving fractures, so it may be necessary to ensure all exhaustive investigative measures are taken to determine what went wrong during the birth. A good personal injury lawyer with proven birth injury case experience can be an invaluable asset during this time.
After any type of birth injury, it’s essential to get in touch with a personal injury lawyer. Medical negligence in the delivery room can be devastating for babies and families. Whether it was a case of misuse of a medical device or negligently delaying a C-section, you and your lawyer can move forward to ensure your baby gets the care he or she deserves and that your family gets compensation to cover medical bills associated with the negligence that caused the injury.
If your baby suffered from a skull fracture, collarbone fracture or any other kind of birth injury in or around the Jackson Metro Area, contact the skilled and proven Personal Injury team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 265-7766 for a free case consultation today.
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