Bone Fractures Sustained During Birth
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Delivering a baby is a complex process that requires the skill of an experienced doctor. A qualified medical professional understands the care that mothers and babies need during birth, and is prepared to respond quickly if concerns do arise. Without this combination of proactivity and reactivity, birth injuries can occur. Bone fractures are a type of birth injury that can be caused by a doctor’s negligence.
At Brown & Barron, LLC, our bone fracture birth injury lawyers in Baltimore are available to help if your baby’s bones were broken during their birth. Our goal is to find who is responsible for your child’s injuries and recover the compensation you deserve.
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Common Fracture Injuries that Occur During Birth
Clavicle and collarbone injuries are the most common type of bone fractures that may happen during the birthing process. The standard head-first positioning of birth makes the clavicle area especially vulnerable to injury. Although less common, limb injuries can occur during birth as well.
Signs of Infant Bone Fractures
A bone fracture birth injury may be undetectable during the delivery, or even after the birth. Newborn babies are not able to express pain verbally, so an injury may go unnoticed. A negligent doctor may not notice if a fracture occurs during a birth, or neglect to inform the mother if they do notice a fracture.
Any strange appearance on the body could be a sign of a bone fracture. If there is no physical evidence of the fracture, the baby may express pain by constantly crying and being inconsolable.
The symptoms of broken bones during labor may include:
- Limited mobility
- Lumps on joints, shoulders, and other areas
Causes of Bone Fracture Birth Injuries
Factors such as the baby’s size, prematurity, the baby’s position during birth, shoulder dystocia, and the size and shape of the mother’s pelvis can cause a difficult delivery. Difficulties during birth can contribute to birth injuries, but bone fractures are often caused by negligence in some form. A bone fracture may occur during delivery if the doctor attempts to reposition the baby within the birth canal. The hospital staff may act too forcefully when facilitating a birth, or use tools which cause injury.
A bone fracture may be caused by:
- Forceful delivery
- The use of forceps or other devices
- Failure to reposition a baby when necessary
- Failure to administer an emergency cesarean section (C-section) if needed
Doctors are responsible for preventing birth injuries, as well as responding promptly and appropriately when the risk of injury arises. Medical professionals who fail to do this — either because of fatigue, inexperience, forgetfulness, or another reason — are negligent in their responsibility to their patients.
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Our bone fracture birth injury attorneys in Baltimore represent the families who have been harmed by the negligence of doctors. We are committed to helping mothers and babies who were injured during birth receive the medical care they need, whether it’s one surgery or a lifetime of treatment. Our lawyers will hold negligent medical professionals accountable for their actions and do what is necessary to make sure your family is cared for, supported, and financially sound during this difficult time.
Your first step toward justice is a no-cost consultation with our dedicated legal team. To learn about your options and rights following a birth injury, contact our firm today.
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