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Birth injuries are sometimes caused by medical malpractice

One aspect of medical malpractice that is very difficult for people to think about is a birth injury. This type of medical malpractice often alters the course of the baby's life. There is a variety of different types of birth injuries that can occur. When one of these injuries occurs because of the negligence of the medical staff, the parents of the child might opt to seek compensation.

During the labor and delivery process, proper monitoring of the baby is vital. Monitoring the baby can sometimes clue the medical staff into problems that are occurring. A prolonged labor, an abnormal birth presentation, a large baby, a premature baby or a birth canal that can't accommodate the baby are some of the markers obstetricians should look for.

Some possible birth injuries that can occur involve the aids that might be used during the birth. Injuries from forceps are possible. Facial paralysis might occur because of the use of forceps.

Brachial palsy, which is an injury to the nerves that go to the hands and arms, can occur if the baby suffers from shoulder dystocia during delivery. Shoulder dystocia occurs if the shoulder gets stuck in the birth canal.

Fractures, breakage of the blood vessels in the head and eyes, and swelling of the soft tissues in the scalp are some other possible birth injuries. The difficulty of birth and the method of birth, such as the use of a vacuum, might cause these types of injuries.

Not all birth injuries are the result of medical malpractice. There is a host of issues that are beyond the control of the medical staff. Some of the issues that occur might not be under the control of the medical staff, but their response is under their control. All of this has a part in whether a parent might opt to seek compensation for the birth injury. Understanding the ins and outs of birth injury cases might help you decide on a course of action.

Source: Stanford Children's Health, "Birth Injury," accessed Sep. 08, 2015

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