Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Preventable Birth Injuries




Bringing home a bouncing new baby is one of the greatest joys that any parent can ever experience. When you are expecting your bundle of joy, you naturally put a lot of trust and faith in your doctor, who is responsible for helping you to bring your little one safely into this world. The vast majority of births go smoothly and mother and child both arrive home safely. But unfortunately, this is not always the case and injuries during the birth process do happen.

Common Causes

When birth injuries occur, they can cause extremely injurious circumstances for new and growing families. Birth injuries are different than birth defects - a birth defect is a health issue that is a result a child’s DNA or an illness, while a birth injury is the result of an outside factor that often could have been prevented. Many of the most preventable birth injuries are a result of medical error on the part of the doctor or another medical professional who is responsible for caring for or monitoring the mother and child. Some of the more common examples of medical errors that can lead to birth injuries include the following:

  • Use of improper and damaging twisting and/or pulling during delivery;
  • Improper and damaging use of birth-assistance apparatuses, such as forceps and vacuum extraction tools;
  • Improper and damaging administration of prenatal medications;
  • Failure to administer necessary infant monitoring (for such things as fetal heartbeat and mother and/or child distress) during delivery;
  • Failure to perform cesarean surgery (C-section) when necessary;
  • Failure to provide adequate prenatal counseling; and 
  • Failure to perform adequate prenatal testing.


Medical mistakes such as these can have serious and long-term consequences that are not only detrimental to your child’s health and your finances but that can also be emotionally devastating.

Types of Birth Injuries

Negligence on the part of a medical professional can lead to a variety of highly preventable birth injuries that can affect a child for weeks, months, or even for the rest of their life. Some of these conditions include:

Erb’s Palsy1 and accompanying arm difficulties;
Cerebral Palsy;
Brain injury due to trauma2 or oxygen deprivation;
Intellectual disabilities; and even


Wrongful death.

Giving birth should be a joyful occasion and a birth injury can send any young family into financial and emotional distress. If you or someone you care about has a child whom you believe suffered a birth injury, it is imperative that you engage the counsel of an experienced personal injury attorney who is skilled in birth injury cases.

Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer in the St. Petersburg Area Today

If you have a child with a birth injury in the St. Petersburg area, do not hesitate to call Dolman Law Group to discuss your legal rights and options as soon as possible. We are here to help families who have suffered losses due to medical malpractice and we have extensive experience with birth injury cases. Please call Dolman Law Group today at 727-222-6922 or contact us online for a free consultation.

Dolman Law Group
1663 1st Ave S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33712
(727) 222-6922


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