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Personal injury during birth can have life-long consequences

Bringing a baby into the world is a joyous experience celebrated by couples in Arizona and elsewhere. Unfortunately, this joy can be hindered by medical complications during delivery. While few choose to think about the things that can go wrong, a number of problems can occur during delivery that may result in the baby suffering a personal injury. Sadly, these injuries suffered at birth can have life-long consequences.

Even if everything appears to go smoothly from a medical standpoint, babies may suffer minor injuries when coming through the birth canal. Some of these injuries include broken bones, nerve damage or other minor injuries that don't require treatment to heal. On the other hand, major complications are also possible, including:

  • Head and brain injuries
  • Severe nerve damage
  • Perinatal asphyxia
  • Bone injuries

While some of these issues cause problems that clear up days after birth, others can lead to developmental delays, seizures and even death. Medical providers are supposed to be on hand to act quickly should any complications arise during labor and delivery. Appropriate treatments, if delivered properly and in a timely manner, can help prevent any long-term effects, but unfortunately, medical mistakes are sometimes made.

Parents in Arizona who believe their child suffered a personal injury at birth that could have been prevented with proper medical attention may be entitled to take legal action. Medical malpractice claims can be filed against those believed to be responsible for any errors that resulted in the injury. Either through an out-of-court settlement or through formal litigation, compensation can be awarded to provide for the injury and the future needs of the child.

Source: merckmanuals.com, "Birth Injury", Arthur E. Kopelman, MD, Oct. 21, 2014

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