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Birth injuries are a threat despite manner of delivery

In a previous blog post, we discussed the inherent risk of birth injuries during normal childbirth. A host of problems can occur when medical professionals mishandle an infant using forceps as the child emerges from the birth canal. Some of these birth injuries are immediately apparent on the infant such as broken clavicles or excessive bruising. Other injuries like cerebral palsy or Erb's palsy may take longer for the symptoms to develop.

Despite the fact that these types of injuries can occur during any childbirth, there are many who believe that children delivered through Cesarean section may experience less risk of injury. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 32.8 percent of all American children born in 2012 were delivered via C-section. That number represents a substantial increase since 1996 when C-sections accounted for approximately 20.7 percent or one fifth of all U. S. births.

Birth injuries as a result of malpractice can occur regardless of the manner in which your child is delivered. For example, inadequate monitoring of a child prior to birth can lead to an infant being deprived of oxygen. A misdiagnosis of an infant prior to delivery may lead to improper medications being administered.

Our Houston, Texas, law firm is experienced in litigating medical malpractice cases in which children have received birth injuries. Thankfully, most parents will never have to experience the agony of watching their child suffer as the result of a preventable injury. There is no initial cost to speak with us about your case if you suspect that your child has suffered a birth injury. We represent clients throughout Harris County and the entire Houston-Metro area.

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