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Hypoxia: a birth injury that may be caused by malpractice

Hypoxia is a condition that occurs when a baby does not receive enough oxygen before, during, or immediately after birth. Hypoxia is very serious for the baby. It can lead to brain damage, permanent disabilities, or even death. These devastating consequences are preventable if the medical staff takes the right steps to identify and treat hypoxia.

The difference between Erb’s palsy and Klumpke’s palsy

Birth injuries are an often-avoidable occurrence that happen during the birthing process. Two such injuries are Klumpke’s palsy and Erb’s palsy, both named for the doctors that first reported the conditions. Both of these injuries are due to damage of the brachial plexus nerve bundle in the neck, but they manifest differently.

What is shoulder dystocia?

Though having a baby is one of the most joyous occasions in a woman’s life, sometimes the event comes with complications. These issues, which sometimes fall into the category of birth injuries, can be harmful or even deadly to both the mother and child. One such birth injury is called shoulder dystocia.

How can pain relievers affect your pregnancy?

As any pregnant woman can tell you, carrying a baby for nine months can cause serious pain throughout your body. Your back strains from the added weight, your ankles swell and quite often your whole body just feels sore. While adopting a sedentary lifestyle for the last trimester can sometimes alleviate these ailments, spending three months on a couch simply is not appealing to many women. Instead, doctors prescribe opioid painkillers to help reduce the pain. While this may be effective, a recent study from Vanderbilt University has shown that this method can be highly detrimental to the fetus.

What is the difference between a birth injury and a birth defect?

It can be easy to confuse the terms "birth injury" and "birth defect" if you are looking at the two at a cursory level. Both have a nexus at the time of birth, and both result in physical and sometimes mental conditions that result from a problem that takes place either before or during delivery. From a legal view, though, these two forms of harm are distinct, and this distinction can be important in terms of establishing potential liability.

What are the basics of a birth injury case?

Any type of case involving an injury is a complex matter and should be taken seriously. The matter is even of greater significance when it involves an innocent baby's health. With this in mind, it is important to understand what is involved in handling a birth injury or birth defect case.

We can help when it comes to coping with birth injuries

When the average person thinks of personal injury attorneys, he or she may not associate these types of lawyers as dealing with the unfortunate reality of injuries that can befall a mother and baby during birth. More often people think of car accidents or slip-and-fall cases when they hear about personal injury, but that is only one aspect of personal injury law.

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