Birth injury is a type of medical malpractice referring to any injury sustained during labor and delivery. This ranges from minor injuries such as scrapes and bruises to more severe injuries such as shoulder dystocia and cerebral palsy.
The consequences of a birth injury can be profound. Depending on the extent of damage, families may face excessive medical expenses and an ongoing need for daily care. Needs for special schooling, adaptive technologies like wheelchairs, and home modifications may be necessary after a birth injury.
Unfortunately, these things can place a terrible financial strain on families already dealing with the complications of a birth injury.
How do Birth Injuries Happen?
There are several possible causes of a birth injury, including:
- Failure to monitor maternal and fetal vital signs
- Excessive force used to assist the baby through the birthing canal
- Failure to notice fetal distress signaling the need for a C-Section
- Medication errors, including allergic reactions, overmedication, and incorrect administration of Pitocin
Failure to identify potential complications during prenatal visits and general negligence can also increase the risks of a birth injury. If you suspect your child was injured during labor or delivery, it is a good idea to consult with an experienced medical malpractice attorney who can investigate your claim and help determine if you are entitled to take legal action.
Why Choose Us
Johnson & Biscone, PA, has been assisting Oklahoma City families for more than 40 years. Our lawyers have significant experience with birth injury cases and are ready to investigate negligence claims and determine the best course forward.