Childbirth should be a joyous experience. Unfortunately, when medical professionals who are responsible for delivering a baby fail to adhere to accepted standards of care, a child's risk of developing a birth injury can increase. Cerebral palsy and Erb’s palsy are just two examples of conditions that can result from a medical practitioner’s negligence. While many children go on to experience full lives following a birth injury, this is often only possible after years of extensive therapy. If you need an outstanding birth injury lawyer, contact our practice today. We serve clients in Oklahoma City and throughout the state, and can perform a free evaluation of your case. 

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Causes of Birth Injuries

It requires a great deal of knowledge and care to ensure a woman has a healthy pregnancy and childbirth. While the vast majority of healthcare professionals provide services at acceptable and safe levels, a substandard provider can commit some of the following errors during labor and delivery:

  • Failure to recognize or respond to fetal distress
  • Not properly handling umbilical cord entanglement
  • Improper use of equipment, such as forceps or a vacuum
  • Oxygen deprivation
  • Poor infant care immediately following childbirth
  • Failure to manage an infection

If you suspect one of these common causes or another similar circumstance led to your child’s birth injury, our expert medical malpractice lawyers can review your case and help you determine your next legal steps.

Common Birth Injury Conditions

Birth injury can result in a number of developmental disorders and health problems. Two of the most common conditions resulting from birth injuries are cerebral palsy and Erb’s palsy.

Cerebral palsy refers to a group of neurological disorders characterized by a lack of muscle control that compromise body movements, posture, and coordination. Children may also develop other symptoms, such as problems with sensory, communication, and cognitive abilities. These issues stem from damage to parts of the brain that regulate muscle function. While a very small percentage of cases have a genetic factor, cerebral palsy overwhelmingly arises from damage to motor control centers of the brain during pregnancy or childbirth. Cerebral palsy is not a curable or degenerative condition, meaning it does not get worse over time. Symptoms including speech problems and seizures can be controlled with drug or behavioral therapies, and secondary conditions like muscle atrophy can typically be treated with proper proactive measures, such as physical therapy.

Erb’s palsy is a partial or total paralysis of the arm resulting from injury to a nerve branch called the brachial plexus. These nerves branch out from the spine into the shoulder, and down the arm into the wrist. Most commonly, Erb’s palsy is caused during childbirth. It generally results from the baby’s shoulder being impinged behind the mother’s pelvic bone. In these cases, the tissues and nerves in the child’s shoulder are stretched or torn, resulting in injury and paralysis to the area. Fortunately, the effects of Erb’s palsy can be diminished through therapy designed to improve physical function.

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