Birth injuries are unfortunately common in our world, and even more depressingly, they are usually preventable. Although most of the 28,000 yearly birth injuries are easily recovered from and result in a healthy, normal baby, some do not. When your baby happens to be one of those suffering from a debilitating birth injury caused by medical professionals, you are eligible for compensation. If your baby was harmed by a careless or reckless medical team, please contact a Mission Viejo personal injury lawyer.
Common permanent birth injuries seen by an Orange County personal injury attorney in our firm include cerebral palsy, mental retardation, Erb's palsy and brachial plexus damage, as well as the death of the mother or baby. Easily preventable, but common causes of birth injuries include:
- Deprivation of oxygen to the baby
- Error in the use of forceps
- Excess force used in delivery
- Failure to perform a necessary cesarean
- Inadequate fetal monitoring in prenatal stages
During pregnancy and labor, obstetricians and their entire medical team are required to monitor the baby and prepare for any potential dangers. If there is a chance of oxygen deprivation or the baby coming out feet first, this team is expected to handle the situation accordingly. When they fail to take action to prevent these dangers, they are being negligent and they become liable for any potential birth injuries that arise. By hiring a skilled Orange County personal injury lawyer, you are taking a stand against this negligence and helping to ensure that it doesn't happen again.
If you and your family have been devastated by a birth injury, please contact Mission Viejo personal injury attorney Chris Purcell.