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What mothers need to know about birth injuries

| Nov 13, 2020 | birth injuries

While the majority of birth injuries in Texas are minor, some injuries can change the parent’s life forever. In the blink of an eye, their healthy child is suddenly permanently disabled. They might be suffering from brain damage, paralysis, nerve damage, seizures or another incurable condition. Additionally, if the mother isn’t treated properly, she might be at risk for birth injuries or even death during labor.

What causes birth injuries?

Giving birth is a dangerous process. While most births in the United States result in a healthy mother and baby, there’s always the chance that something could go wrong. Doctors and nurses are human beings, and they’re capable of making mistakes during the delivery process. Some birth injuries are caused by surgical errors, badly performed C-sections and failure to treat infections in time. Other errors are caused by improper use of tools, drugs or equipment that ends up harming the child.

What are some of the most common birth injuries?

For the mother, birth injuries might include hemorrhaging, a ruptured uterus or another injury resulting from a surgical error. For the baby, common birth injuries include cerebral palsy, epilepsy, irreversible brain damage, broken bones, nerve damage and paralysis. While some birth injuries can be treated, others can have lasting consequences for both the mother and the child.

What should you do if you child suffers from a birth injury?

If your child suffers from a severe birth injury, you can’t turn back the clock and prevent it from happening. However, you may be able to hold the physicians accountable and receive some level of compensation for your damages. An attorney might help you sue the hospital and fight for damages that correspond with the severity of the injuries.