The birth of a child should be a joyous occasion. Unfortunately, some parents’ joy is tempered when they experience a trauma during childbirth that results in the serious injury or death of their newborns. During this extremely difficult and emotional time, a birth trauma attorney is invaluable in helping make sense of the confusing legal maze associated with a childbirth-related lawsuit. Following are three common birth injuries we deal with at Sommerman, McCaffity, Quesada & Geisler, L.L.P.
1. Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)
Also known as birth asphyxia, (HIE) is a brain injury that occurs when a baby is deprived of oxygen during delivery. The longer the baby goes without oxygen, the more severely impaired he or she will be mentally and/or physically. Prolonged HIE can be fatal to an infant.
2. Brachial Plexus Injury (BPI)
Also called Erb’s Palsy, BPI involves injury to the nerves of a baby’s arms or hands. A common BPI cause is that the baby’s shoulders become stuck during delivery and the physician must struggle to pull him or her through the birth canal. In the most serious cases, the baby suffers permanent nerve damage.
3. Facial Nerve Paralysis
Improper delivery methods and forceps mistakes are main causes of facial nerve paralysis. This birth trauma occurs when pressure is exerted on the baby’s face, causing nerve damage. Usually, this injury causes paralysis on one side of the baby’s face. In the most severe cases, surgery is required to help the baby regain full or partial facial movement ability. Babies who experience birth trauma often need expensive, long-term medical intervention and therapies. A personal injury attorney can help you help your child and ensure that justice is carried out. If you’ve experienced a birth trauma, make sure to hire a birth trauma attorney who specializes in this specialty. At Sommerman, McCaffity, Quesada & Geisler, L.L.P., we are experienced in all aspects of birth trauma litigation and will help you navigate the seemingly overwhelming path toward pursuing a birth trauma lawsuit.