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While the arrival of a newborn can be a joyous occasion, unexpected health problems are not only difficult for the child, but may present both financial and emotional distress for the family. In some circumstances, a physician or nurse error can cause an otherwise healthy newborn to suffer potentially catastrophic injuries. In many cases, these injuries could have been prevented if those health care providers would have followed normal standards of practice. While some infants recover from their injuries, others suffer severe disabilities that can impact that child for the rest of their life.

Common Damages
  • Brain injury and cerebral palsy
  • Shoulder dystocia and brachial plexus injuries
  • Fractures and other injuries from forceps or vacuum extractors
Frequently Asked Questions
What are some mistakes that can cause birth injuries?

The field of obstetrics involves many different types of health care providers including physicians, nurses, mid-wives, and medical assistants. In major academic institutions, physicians in training either in medical school or residency may be performing duties with little or no supervision by full-fledged attending physicians. This can lead to a higher rate of mistakes and unfortunately injuries as well. Some of the most common mistakes that can occur are the following:

  • Inappropriate use of forceps that causes injury to the head or body
  • Delay or failure to recognize fetal distress
  • Inappropriate use of Pitocin(oxytocin) to induce delivery
  • Delay in performing a cesarean section
  • Failure to diagnose shoulder dystocia and manage appropriately
  • Failure to recognize large infant before delivery
  • Failure to manage breech delivery
  • Failure to prevent premature delivery
How do I know if my child has suffered a birth injury?

When a baby suffers a brain injury at or near the time of delivery, they may be unresponsive at birth and require a long stay in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). As part of the diagnosis, they may undergo head ultrasounds, CT scans, or MRIs of the brain. The goal of the treatment will be to minimize the brain damage, but unfortunately, some children do not fully recover. Since the brain is not fully developed at this age, any injury may result in permanent life-long complications. If your child suffered an unexpected injury at birth and was required to stay in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), call Potts Law Firm to discuss your case at 888-902-6245. We have highly experienced medical malpractice attorneys and medical staff to review your case.

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