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Understanding common birth injuries: part I

Posted by Smiley & Smiley on Feb 14, 2017 5:19:40 PM

When you are expecting a child, you assume that the care you are receiving from your New York medical team is in the best interest of you and your baby. Unfortunately, in some situations, a birth injury can occur, and it is hard to fathom how it could have possibly happened. At Smiley and Smiley, we understand that the repercussions of birth traumas can be devastating, which is why we have helped many parents work through the aftermaths.

According to the Mayo Clinic, babies who sustain birth injuries are at risk for complications caused by cerebral palsy. This might result in a lifetime of treatments from various physicians, surgeons and therapists. A child may need to seek long-term care for disorders such as the following:

  • Eye misalignment that causes an inability to focus
  • Reduced bone density
  • Degenerative bone disease
  • Brain disorders and mental health issues
  • Problems breathing and swallowing
  • Rigid and disfigured muscles

There are multiple factors that may contribute to the development of cerebral palsy, many of which may occur during gestation or at the time of birth. For example, a baby may be born prematurely, at dangerously low weight or in a breech position. Additionally, a child may suffer from a lack of oxygen during delivery.

There are instances when birth trauma may be at the hands of someone involved in your care. This may include heart monitor makers, drug companies, obstetrics physicians, and nurses and lab technicians. And, you may feel that the issue could have been prevented with the right treatment. More information regarding this subject is available on our web page.

Topics: Medical Malpractice

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