An injury at birth can affect the remainder of a child’s life. While some birth injuries may resolve on their own, others will stay with a child forever.
Below, our Philadelphia personal injury attorneys discuss which birth injuries are more permanent than others.
The labor and delivery process is a crucial and critical one. It sets the stage for a child’s physical and mental development. Any error that occurs during this process can have devastating consequences for the child.
These errors may include:
- Failure to monitor the child for signs of distress
- Failure to order a C-section when necessary
- The improper use of birth-assistance tools, such as a vacuum or forceps
These errors may result in the following birth injuries, which vary in their permanence:
- Cerebral palsy (CP), which is a group of disorders that affects motor control and coordination. CP has no cure.
- Erb’s palsy, which involves damage to the arm’s nerves and results in partial or full paralysis of the arm. Erb’s palsy may resolve with treatment, or it may be permanent if the damage is severe enough.
- Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE), which may result in permanent brain damage or death.
There is no doubt that a birth injury can leave a mother and child in physical, emotional, and financial turmoil. If you suspect your child suffered an injury at birth, we’re here to help.
At The Beasley Firm, LLC, we have a proven track record of success in protecting clients’ rights against large hospitals and insurance companies, and we’re prepared to do the same for you.
Contact us today at (215) 866-2424 to schedule a free consultation.