Has Your Loved One Suffered a Birth Injury Caused by Medical Malpractice? Call Our Experienced Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Maryland and Washington, D.C. for Help
While modern medicine has greatly improved the labor and delivery process, it always comes with certain risks. Unfortunately, in some cases, injuries occur (or are made worse) due to negligence on behalf of the medical staff. Some injuries might present obvious symptoms, but there are cases where the symptoms are not immediately apparent. However, birth injuries are very serious and can result in catastrophic injuries, including permanent disability. Victims who are injured may require lifelong medical care.
Parents and other family members must remain aware of and watch for signs of a possible birth injury. Staying vigilant is essential in ensuring your baby’s health when you believe that there may have been an undiagnosed birth injury. Below are some of the common signs of an undiagnosed birth injury. If your loved one suffered from a birth injury, or is showing the signs of a birth injury, call our experienced medical malpractice lawyers in Maryland and Washington, D.C. to schedule a free consultation and learn more about how we can help you.
Symptoms of Nerve Damage
Parents can look for certain signs of a lack of response to touch, weakness, lack of reflexes, odd posture of the arm/shoulder, or the limpness of the infant’s limbs. These signs could point to a birth injury, such as cerebral palsy or brachial plexus palsy.
- Cerebral palsy could result from medical malpractice if the doctor or nurse fails to monitor the baby’s oxygen levels during labor properly. Cerebral palsy may go undiagnosed for years, until the child begins to miss certain developmental milestones.
- Brachial Plexus Palsy (also referred to as Erb’s Palsy or Klumpke’s Palsy) is a condition in which a group of nerves in the shoulder and under the arm the nerves (the brachial plexus bundle) are damaged. This can result in loss of sensation and movement difficulties in the child’s arm.
Newborns often experience fluctuations in eating patterns, but if the difficulties seem serious, this could signify an injury during birth. You should be attentive to your child’s difficulties when eating, as it could indicate cerebral palsy or a brain hemorrhage – which is caused by a birth injury.
Seizures can also be a sign of a birth injury. In some cases, seizures could be short-lived and mild. But, if seizures are left untreated, they can result in permanent damage. Seizures generally indicate an underlying problem, such as bleeding in the brain or other trauma. Immediate and specialized care is necessary if your baby is experiencing neonatal seizures.
Without a clear picture of what may have happened, you won’t know what to do next. Reach out to The Law Offices of Cardaro & Peek for a free case evaluation. We can discuss what occurred and why your baby may have been injured, and if there are grounds for a medical malpractice case.
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If you or a loved one were victims of medical malpractice, call our experienced medical malpractice lawyers in Maryland and Washington D.C. for a FREE consultation to learn what your rights to compensation may be. Contact us by calling 410-752-6166 and please visit our website www.cardarolaw.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn for more information. We look forward to helping you and your family today.