Birth injuries and trauma seem to be a thing of the past, but do still occur at an alarming rate regardless of the world's great technological advances over the past century. When a child endures unnecessary permanent damage during the birthing process, sometimes it is unavoidable, but many times someone must be held responsible for what will likely be a lifetime of health concerns.
OBGYNs and pediatricians divide the complications that take place during delivery as "birth trauma" and "birth injury." Birth trauma is considered a physical injury that is sustained when crowning or upon actual delivery. Birth injuries, however, consist of damage incurred from a lack of oxygen, infection, or other biological and chemical errors that take place in the delivery room.
There are various factors that can cause complications from birth trauma and birth injuries. Most often, it is a lack of oxygen during a problematic delivery that leads to permanent damage for the child. Other problems, like physical trauma and infections from unsanitary hospital equipment, can cause trauma and injuries, or even permanently impair the child. In any case, damages caused by injuries suffered may not be obvious right away, but become prevalent later in infancy as the baby grows and is supposed to be showing signs of cognitive development. As previously mentioned, some of these problems may be unavoidable; however, in many cases, an obstetrician's negligence can cause or intensify birth injuries and trauma. Unfortunately, damages sustained from birth injuries and trauma can affect children for the rest of their lives. One of the many common issues that result from injuries and trauma is cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy, during birth, results from damage to the brain and can hinder children from speaking and moving as they grow older.
Although many children and adults who suffer from cerebral palsy may show levels of completely normal intelligence, this degenerative disease can cause them to have great difficulty expressing themselves. Most who suffer from cerebral palsy require intense medical treatment for the duration of their lives. They miss out on many of life's great adventures. They also suffer from an extreme lack of earning potential compared to others of the same age and cognitive abilities due to their inability to move around or express opinions and ideas.
While it is not always the case, a doctor's actions or inactions can cause birth injuries and trauma. Whether it is unobserved sterile procedures or unwarranted delivery techniques, both the mother and child can be prone to infection or physical damage to the baby's brain, which can cause one of the various types of palsies like cerebral palsy and Erb's palsy. In many cases, these conditions remain for a lifetime.
Every day, hundreds of babies are born disfigured, internally damaged, or with some type of palsy due to the negligence of an obstetrician or other hospital staff. Lawsuits can allege a physician's or hospital's negligence if it was indeed a factor in the birth injury or trauma that will leave your child's life forever altered. Whether it is pain and suffering, the recovery of medical expenses incurred during birth, or the inevitable loss of income potential that your child will suffer for the rest of his or her life, Dallas Hartman and his prestigious associates are ready to fight for your rights and the rights of your child.