Virginia Medical Malpractice Lawyers: Common Birth Injuries: Cerebral Palsy, Erb’s Palsy and Brain Damage
These birth injuries can happen for any number of reasons:
· Your doctor could delay a decision, such as the decision to perform a c-section, endangering your unborn baby.
· The hospital could fail to detect an infection in either the mother or the baby.
· Your doctor could misuse medical equipment, such as the forceps or vacuum extractor, during your labor.
· A doctor or nurse could misread the fetal monitor or use the fetal heart rate monitor incorrectly.
· A doctor gives you an incorrect dose of mediation or gives you Pitocin at an inappropriate time.
· A mistake could be made during your newborn son's circumcision surgery.
· A doctor or nurse could ignore or overlook an umbilical cord problem, such as when the umbilical cord becomes wrapped around a baby's neck.
· A mistake can occur during the care of the infant in the hours and days after it's birth at the hospital.
These mistakes can lead to a number of injuries. Incorrect use of forceps could lead to nerve damage and varying degrees of paralysis in the face, shoulders, and arms (cerebral palsy). Erb's palsy occurs when nerve damage causes problems with moving the arms and hands. If the baby suffers from blood loss or lack of oxygen to the brain, it could result in permanent brain damage.