Most Common Causes of Birth Injuries
It’s unfortunate, but there are countless situations in which babies are injured at the hands of a negligent obstetrician or other medical professional. Birth injuries are quite common and there are a number of potential causes. The damages sustained often vary based the exact cause and when the baby sustained the damage. Below, our team lists some of the most common causes of birth injuries and how they can happen.
Failure to Monitor Fetal Activity
During the course of the pregnancy, the obstetrician is supposed to have regular check-ups with the mother to make sure both she and the baby are healthy. The baby should be checked to ensure he or she is breathing correctly and the heart rate is within healthy range. Monitoring the baby and mother can also help an obstetrician detect issues such as umbilical cord strangulation, preeclampsia, and more.
Use of Forceps or Vacuum Extractors
When a baby is being delivered, the obstetrician will attempt a natural birth, but there are some complications that can occur and the doctor may attempt to use certain tools to help aid the mother. These tools include forceps or vacuum extractors. If the doctor uses either of these tools incorrectly, it can cause injury to the baby’s head, shoulder, or other parts of the body.
Prolonged Labor and Delivery
The longer a mother is in labor and delivery, the more that can potentially go wrong. It could mean the baby is not positioned correctly or that there is an issue with the umbilical cord. If there is already something wrong, and the delivery goes longer than expected, it can make the issue or injury worse, leaving the baby with long-lasting physical trauma.
In some pregnancies, the mother may need to undergo a cesarean section in order to have the baby delivered. The doctor can make mistakes during this time, including failing to perform a C-section when needed, harming the baby during the operation, cutting other organs when operating, or delaying the C-section, resulting in oxygen deprivation to the fetus.
If your baby was harmed by the negligence of an obstetrician or any other medical professional responsible for the health of you and your baby, our Houston birth injury attorneys want to help. Hampton & King is committed to representing families whose lives have been impacted by the reckless or negligent behavior of a medical professional and we want to help obtain maximum compensation for the damages sustained.
Call us today to discuss your potential case with our team.