Few things are more heart-wrenching than visiting with children suffering from birth injuries. Many of them are sweet-natured and fun-loving. Most of these children are generally aware that they are different from other kids, but otherwise have the same childlike enthusiasm for life. However, the parents of those children are certainly aware of their kids' special needs.
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.
As discussed in a previous article on our law blog, cerebral palsy is a term used to refer to neurological disorders that occur in children as their brains are developing. Most of the time, cerebral palsy is caused by a brain injury the child suffers during fetal development. However, cerebral palsy can also occur as a result of a birth injury caused by doctor error or similar hospital negligence. A medical professional lacking proper training or experience can harm the child in a way that will bring about the onset of cerebral palsy.
Cerebral palsy is the term used to refer to a number of neurological disorders that sometimes occur in the developing brains of children. These disorders are usually the result of brain injury suffered by the child during fetal development, just prior to, during and shortly after birth and during infancy or during early childhood development.
C-section deliveries are the most commonly performed procedures in the United States. Although rare, sometimes the surgical procedure can injury newborns during the delivery process. However, a new device, called C SAFE, may reduce injuries during C-sections in Texas and around the country.