What are the causes of birth injuries?

What are the causes of birth injuries?

If you believe your child may have suffered a birth injury, several factors could be to blame. It is important to contact an experienced San Diego birth injury lawyer at once to begin an investigation into all the causes that may have contributed to your child's harm. One of the leading causes behind a birth injury a delayed delivery. This may occur when a labor last in excess of 18 hours. After 18 hours of labor, a baby may begin to suffer fetal distress, requiring prompt action such as an emergency C-section.

Oxygen deprivation during labor and delivery may also lead to birth injuries. Oxygen deprivation can occur when the child's umbilical cord becomes twisted, or when the baby has underdeveloped lungs or a low birth weight. The effects of oxygen deprivation may be mild or severe, and include the potential development of cerebral palsy.

Other birth injures may include more minor incidents such as bruises, broken bones or cuts and are often noticed immediately, while sometimes the effects are not fully understood or diagnosed until months or even years, when the developmental delays are noticed.

Many times, birth injuries that arise from delayed deliveries or oxygen deprivation are the result of medical malpractice. When doctors, nurses or other medical staff fail to provide the appropriate medical care, and harm occurs, they may be held liable and be responsible for pay for a lifetime of medical expenses and care.

Each circumstance is different and the causes of birth injuries may be complicated. For more information or if you believe that your child has suffered a birth injury as the result of medical malpractice, please contact the experienced San Diego medical malpractice lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.

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