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When a Birth Injury Stems From Medical Malpractice

Medical Malpractice Lawyer

The second a baby is born is supposed to be one of the most profound moments of every parent’s life. But devastatingly, a baby may be born with a birth injury that could have stemmed from medical malpractice. Doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals have a duty to provide a reasonable standard of care. If they fail to do so and injuries result, then there may be cause for filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. 

Examples of conditions that may be caused from doctor error or oversight include:

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Brain Damage
  • Kernicterus
  • Erb’s Palsy
  • Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy
  • Newborn Cephalohematoma
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Newborn Jaundice
  • Shoulder Dystocia
  • Intrauterine Fetal Demise

If you aren’t sure whether your child has a birth injury, there are certain neurological and physical symptoms to look for, such as:

  • Sleeping too much
  • Deaf or blindness
  • Arching back or neck
  • Unable to move one side of body
  • Soft spots and swelling 
  • Stiff or floppy muscles
  • Not meeting developmental milestones
  • Feeding difficulties
  • Loud, sharp crying
  • Seizures

As our medical malpractice lawyer associates from Pioletti, Pioletti & Nichols know, the main cause of birth injury medical malpractice is often from careless errors committed by health professionals either before, during, or shortly after delivery. The signs may be less obvious or more pronounced, and medical attention from a different doctor or other facility entirely may be recommended.