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Birth Injuries

Childbirth is one of the most exciting times for a parent. It can also be one of the most dangerous. Parents rely on doctors and hospitals to handle every element of the prenatal care, delivery, and postnatal care with precision. Any mistake made by the doctors, nurses, or other medical staff could cause serious injuries for the remainder of the baby's life.

If your doctor made a mistake during the birth of your child, it is important to work with an experienced San Antonio birth injury lawyer who can help you hold the negligent doctor accountable for his or her actions. At the Law Offices of Glenn W. Cunningham, we have over 25 years of experience handling cases involving birth injuries and birth defects.

Medical Mistakes During Delivery

Because childbirth is such a medically complex process, a doctor must carefully follow all applicable standards of care. Any mistake could cause serious injuries or health conditions including:

  • Birth asphyxia:

    Perinatal asphyxia, neonatal asphyxia or birth asphyxias are medical conditions resulting from deprivation of oxygen to a newborn infant that lasts long enough during the birth process to cause physical harm, usually to the brain.

  • Deficient placenta:

    When the placenta malfunctions, it’s unable to supply adequate oxygen and nutrients to the baby from the mother’s bloodstream. Without this vital support, the baby cannot grow and thrive. This can lead to low birth weight, premature birth, and birth defects. It also carries increased risks of complications for the mother. Diagnosing this problem early is crucial to the health of both mother and baby.

  • Lack of nutrients or oxygen
  • Cerebral Palsy:

    Cerebral palsy (CP) is a type of brain damage that can result in severe and incurable mental and physical impairment. Cerebral palsy is often caused by medical errors, such as asphyxia before birth, hypoxia of the brain, birth trauma during labor and delivery, and complications in the perinatal period.

  • Erb's Palsy:

    Erb's Palsy is a common and very serious brachial plexus injury known as shoulder dystocia. Shoulder dystocia can result in a partial or complete paralysis of the arm that may be permanent.

  • Brachial plexus birth injuries:

    Brachial plexus injuries are one of the most serious birth injures. Brachial plexus injuries occur when the baby's head comes out of the womb and the shoulder gets caught on the mother's pubic bone. Doctors usually have less than five minutes to resolve the emergency, and if they fail to correct the situation within that time, the result can be paralysis, brain injury, or death.

  • Arm paralysis
  • Shoulder dystocia:

    Shoulder dystocia occurs during childbirth when, after the delivery of the baby’s head, the infant’s anterior shoulder cannot pass below the mother’s pubic bone. It is diagnosed when the shoulders fail to deliver shortly after the fetal head. Shoulder dystocia is an obstetrical emergency that can lead to fetal demise if the infant is not delivered quickly and carefully, due to compression of the umbilical cord within the birth canal.

  • Hypoxia:

    Birth hypoxia occurs when the brain is deprived of oxygen. Hypoxia happens during pregnancy or delivery and often results in brain damage. It often contributes to cerebral palsy and other disabilities, and can lead to infant death. Many parents do not realize the extent of their child’s brain damage until developmental delays become apparent. Children who have suffered hypoxia experience severe mental and emotional problems, which require accommodations.

  • Preeclampsia:

    Preeclampsia is a pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure and signs of damage to another organ system, most often the liver and kidneys. Preeclampsia usually begins after 20 weeks of pregnancy in women whose blood pressure had been normal. Even a slight rise in blood pressure may be a sign of preeclampsia. Left untreated, preeclampsia can lead to serious — even fatal — complications for both you and your baby. If you have preeclampsia, the only cure is delivery of your baby.

  • Hydrocephalus:

    Also known as "water on the brain," hydrocephalus is the buildup of too much fluid in the brain, which causes harmful pressure.

  • Delayed C-Section:

    In many cases, delivery must take place immediately in order to protect the health of mother and child. Some common reasons for a C-Section include diabetes, active genital herpes, uterine ruptures, breech infant, and fetal distress, among others. If a C-Section is delayed or takes too long, it increases the risk of birth injury.

The Consequences of a Birth Injury

Birth injuries are some of the most traumatic events a parent can experience. While an injury may not seem all that significant at birth, it could have devastating, long-lasting effects that will forever impact your child. The most common consequences of birth injuries include:

  • Cognitive impairment
  • Emotional impairment
  • Psychological problems
  • Neurological problems
  • Musculoskeletal problems

Contact an Experienced Texas Birth Injury Lawyer

If your doctor made a mistake during childbirth, we can help you bring justice to the situation. While a financial recovery may not heal your baby, it can shed light on the situation to make sure the doctor's negligent actions are not left unnoticed. Contact us online or call 210-787-3312 to schedule your free initial consultation with an experienced attorney.