Birth Injuries

Dropping a Baby During Childbirth

June 13, 2019 by Carrie Capouellez

Parents around the world lovingly experience the births of their children. As part of the process of exiting the womb and coming into the world, many families choose to videotape or record the momentous event. While one new dad was filming his twin daughters’ first moments of life at Dignity Health Chandler Regional Medical Center, he captured doctors dropping one of his then three-pound baby girls on her head.

Only once they reviewed their daughter’s medical records themselves did the parents notice the hospital had ordered an ultrasound five days after birth; the results showed she had a grade one brain hemorrhage. Since every brain damage case is different from the next, it’s difficult to say what each child will experience in terms of short and long-term effects. Around three in every 1,000 full-term newborns in the U.S. are born with brain injuries, with half linked to oxygen deprivation during labor and delivery. Infant brain damage can also result from physical trauma during birth, such as occurs when dropping a baby.

In Addition to Dropping a Baby, Other Common Birth Injuries Include

While head and brain trauma often have catastrophic consequences for the little bodies of newborn babies, other birth injuries are also common and often have a devastating impact. Other birth injuries for which a new parent should seek the advice of an experienced medical malpractice lawyer include:

  • Brachial Plexus Injury / Erb’s Palsy
  • Caput Succedaneum
  • Cephalohematoma
  • Subconjunctival Hemorrhage
  • Paralysis
  • Hypoxia
  • Clavicle Fracture

How can I tell if my child has a birth injury?

While some babies are diagnosed with birth injuries shortly after birth, other times a baby’s birth injury may not be apparent until the child is several years old and certain developmental milestones are missed. If your child misses developmental milestones, has a speech delay, or has abnormal muscle tone, you must ensure they are thoroughly examined by the appropriate medical specialists and have the necessary diagnostic testing done, such as a brain scan with an MRI, to determine whether they have brain damage.

Philadelphia Birth Injury Lawyers

When your infant is forced to suffer due to the effects of a permanent birth injury, it changes your life forever. No one should have to go through a traumatizing ordeal like watching doctors dropping a baby, especially when the negligence or mistake of a healthcare professional could have been prevented. You have every right to expect medical procedures will be properly performed when delivering your infant. When the unthinkable happens and injury to the mother or child during pregnancy or delivery is sustained, the Philadelphia birth injury attorneys at Lopez McHugh are here to help secure your financial future so you can focus on caring for your family.

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