Birth Injury

Possible Compensation for New York Families After Umbilical Cord Related Birth Injuries

By WRSH on July 1, 2016 - Comments off

Having a baby is an amazing experience, and one that usually goes without complications. However, sometimes there are umbilical cord problems that lead to birth injury or death. Knowing why these issues occur can help you make decisions about finding a New York lawyer to pursue a birth injury claim.

Umbilical Cord Problems that Lead to Birth Injuries

Umbilical cords complications are not always caused by doctor error. First, it is necessary to understand what the umbilical cord does. The cord contains two arteries and a vein that move blood containing oxygen and nutrition, from the placenta to the fetus, then waste material from the fetus. These arteries and vein are the lifeline from the mother to the baby. Rarely, the umbilical cord has one artery and the one vein, causing fetal and birth problems. Sometimes cords are too short and cause difficulties such as leaving not enough “give” for the fetus to move around and grow. Read the rest »

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What is Erb’s palsy and How Does it Happen?

By WRSH on June 27, 2016 - Comments off

Childbirth is a magical time for the majority, but when there are complications involved, it can get quite scary. During the actual birthing process, there are several injuries that can occur to both mother and baby. While some conditions are minor and can be treated right away, there are others that can turn out to be life-altering. Erb’s palsy is one such injury that may affect a newborn as they are being delivered, impacting approximately one to two babies out of every 1,000 births. However, it is often avoidable, and that’s when it may be time to get a dedicated New York City Erb’s palsy lawyer involved.

What is Erb’s palsy?

Erb’s palsy occurs when there is damage done to the network of nerves around the baby’s neck, which control the arm’s muscles, movement, and feeling. The result is partial or complete paralysis of the arm, hand, and fingers. The injury can turn out to be temporary or permanent depending on its severity. With proper treatment, there is a chance for the baby to regain use and movement of their arm. Although in more severe instances, the effects of limited to no mobility can last a lifetime. Read the rest »

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Long Term Health Problems Related to Erb’s Palsy

By WRSH on June 24, 2016 - Comments off

Erb’s palsy is a disorder that occurs when a baby’s upper arms are damaged during delivery. The condition gets its name from the location in the body where it occurs – at Erb’s point, the area close to the baby’s neck where the fifth and sixth cranial nerves meet to create the brachial plexus, or where the shoulder meets the neck. The nerves in the brachial plexus control movement in the baby’s arm, hand, and fingers so if Erb’s palsy occurs, it’s these areas that will be mostly affected.

The prognosis for a baby with Erb’s palsy varies, depending on the severity of the condition and the aggressiveness of treatment. Any baby born with Erb’s palsy will need therapy, preferably at a medical center that provides multidisciplinary specialities. These clinics provide care in a number of different areas that relate to Erb’s palsy, including neurologists, neurosurgeons, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and orthopedic surgeons. Read the rest »

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Common Umbilical Cord Related Birth Injuries

By WRSH on June 20, 2016 - Comments off

The umbilical cord is vital to ensuring the health and well-being of a developing infant within a mother’s womb. There are a few umbilical cord problems that are quite common, however, and can have potentially severe consequences for an unborn child. These problems are not birth injuries in their own right, because many of them cannot be avoided and are not caused by the birthing process. However, some of these problems can lead to birth injuries such as cerebral palsy, birth asphyxia, and long-term brain damage if doctors do not properly identify and respond to them.

Two of the most common umbilical cord problems are umbilical cord prolapse and a nuchal cord. A prolapse occurs when the umbilical cord drops through the cervix of a mother during labor or delivery, which can end up getting wrapped around the baby’s body. On the other hand, a nuchal cord occurs when the umbilical cord becomes wrapped around a baby’s neck one or more times, potentially cutting off the flow of oxygen to the child. Read the rest »

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