Baylor Hospital is struggling with leadership issues. The CFO, Fred Savelsbergh, recently resigned amidst a larger staff shake-up. When there are so many problems with the management of a hospital, it can trickle down to serious issues for patients.
The birth of a child should be beautiful and joyous. Unfortunately, problems may arise if the hospital staff commits medical malpractice. Here are some of the most prevalent types of birth complications.
Causes of birth injuries
An infant sustains a birth injury when there is an issue during labor or delivery. Some causes of birth injuries include the following:
- The use of forceps or vacuums
- Oxygen deprivation
- Delayed delivery
If your baby experienced any of this trauma and suffered an injury as a result, you likely feel a lot of anger and frustration. You may be able to sue the doctor or hospital for medical malpractice with the help of an attorney.
Common birth injuries
Some birth injuries are preventable:
- Birth fractures to the collarbone and clavicle
- Erb's palsy, which is a nerve injury that occurs when the shoulder or neck of a baby gets stretched too far
- Swelling or bruising of the scalp
- Blood collecting between the cranial bone and the skin
- Brain problems, such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy, loss of brain cells and developmental issues
- Rupturing of the small blood vessels in the eye
While some of these injuries may end up resolving on their own, others may change the life of your baby forever or even result in death.
Taking legal action
If your infant is the victim of an injury, it may be because of a negligent doctor. A doctor has a duty to adhere to a standard level of care during the labor and delivery processes. If your doctor took actions or failed to take actions that caused harm to your baby, you may be able to start a medical malpractice claim.