Causes of Birth Injuries

Malpractice That Causes Childbirth Trauma

Hampton & King handles all types of birth injury and medical malpractice cases – from cesarean section mistakes to cerebral palsy. If you experienced complications during labor or delivery that were improperly handled and resulted in serious or permanent injury, you may have a birth injury case.

Infection-Related Birth Injuries

Some birth injuries are the result of infections that were either not detected or not properly treated. These infections could affect the mother and the baby. One of the most severe is Group B streptococcus or “GBS.” This life-threatening infection needs to be detected and treated quickly, or it can progress into brain swelling, shock, permanent brain damage, loss of vision, and even death. Other types of infections that are dangerous if not treated properly are listeriosis, listeria, and Hepatitis B.

Trauma-Related Birth Injuries

Other birth injuries are the direct result of trauma. Trauma can occur during labor and delivery a few different ways, such as:

  • Baby remaining too long in the birth canal
  • The use of forceps or vacuum machine
  • Excessive pulling on the baby’s arm, shoulders, or legs

Trauma to the head is particularly dangerous, as this can cause lifelong brain damage, which can in turn cause conditions such as cerebral palsy.

Hypoxia/Anoxia Birth Injuries

Another large group of birth injuries results from lack of or diminished oxygen to the brain. This can happen in a few different scenarios:

  • Baby remaining too long in the birth canal (asphyxia)
  • Umbilical cord entrapment
  • Placental abruption
  • Maternal anemia

Failed Standard of Care

What birth injuries have in common is a lapse in the standard of care that all medical professionals are held to. If, given the same set of circumstances, another doctor could have avoided a birth injury, then it may be possible that the doctor in question failed to perform the standard of care, and is thus responsible for the birth injury. These cases are complex, and best evaluated by skilled professionals.

Hampton & King remains one of the only law firms who employs full-time medical professionals on staff. Our team includes a licensed doctor and a Ph.D. nurse, both of whom are experts when it comes to understanding malpractice and medical negligence. Their insight and experience equip our firm to develop complex birth injury claims into winning cases for our clients and their babies.

If your child was injured during pregnancy, labor, or delivery, we invite you to contact the Houston birth injury lawyers at Hampton & King today for a free evaluation of your case.