Posted in Birth Injury on July 7, 2012
The birth of your baby should be one of the most joyful times of your life. You’ve waited and dreamed and planned for months and can hardly wait to meet your little bundle of joy.
Then “the time” comes.
People often have birth plans and backup plans and are as ready as they can ever possibly be for this moment. You pick the hospital, birthing center, or decide to have the baby at home. You know who to call first, who you want to be there, what kind of music or surroundings will make you the most comfortable. You plan on how soon you want the epidural or how long you’ll wait it out or if you will have one at all. So much planning, and yet most people never plan for utter disaster. Yet it happens.
Birth injuries are defined as damage sustained during the birthing process, usually occurring during transit through the birth canal. While not a common occurrence, if it happens to you or someone you love, please know that there are ways to get the help you need.
Birth injuries occur for several reasons including large birth-weight babies, prematurity, prolonged labor and breech presentation. They can also be a result of medical negligence during childbirth and may cause physical harm to the mother or the child or both. These types of injuries can cause broken bones, nerve injury, spinal injuries and brain damage.
These injuries can cause the families of these babies extensive financial and emotional damage that may be short term or on going. Getting legal help can help you recover the costs associated which can help relieve some of the stress that can accompany a time like this.