Complications during pregnancy or delivery can be emotionally and physically traumatic for a Massachusetts family. Fortunately, birth injuries don't happen with most deliveries, and most local deliveries are problem-free. Still, one birth injury is too much when such a situation is preventable. One potentially damaging injury is known as shoulder dystocia and involves trauma to the child's shoulder.
When a child is born, the child's parents often feel a lot of expectation. They dream about the child's future and about all the wonderful things the child will be able to accomplish. They look forward to the child's first smile, first words and first steps. And beyond these early milestones, parents have hopes about the child's educational success, career path and future family life.
For a few weeks now, we've been discussing issues surrounding birth injuries here on our Worcester personal injury law blog. We've talked about symptoms like Erb's palsy that can result from a medical provider's error during delivery. We've also discussed situations in which a timely C-section can be vital to the health of the newborn baby. Before moving on from this subject, let's pause to remind readers that a birth injury may be a result of medical malpractice, and what they can do about it.
Medical malpractice can be a particularly challenging claim for victims to prove. Just last week, our Worcester personal injury law blog discussed one such case involving a birth injury lawsuit that is currently proceeding against a delivery room doctor.
When we go to the doctor or to the hospital, we expect that we will receive professional care. Medical malpractice is a frightening subject for anyone in Worcester to contemplate. But perhaps among the most disturbing examples of medical malpractice is when a doctor's negligence causes a birth injury to a baby during delivery.
The birth of a child is supposed to be a special time. Worcester families understand that there are risks involved in having a baby, but these ought to be minimal when a delivery is performed by a medical professional. Unfortunately, medical malpractice or an error during delivery on the part of a physician can result in serious consequences.
Many mothers in Worcester have delivered their babies by C-section. When the surgery is a medical necessity, a timely c-section is typically a safe procedure and can even save a baby's life (or that of the mother). It does carry risks, however, and there is a growing body of research showing that doctors may be performing C-sections that are unnecessary.
When a baby is injured during child-birth, the story may make local news reports. We have previously discussed brachial plexus injuries and their potential causes. Stories involving these kinds of birth injuries, including those that discuss the issues using one of several common terms for these birth injuries, Erb’s Palsy, can be heart breaking. During this holiday season, today’s story for our Worcester area readers is about a young man who has spent his life with limited use of an arm runs on a somewhat different course.
This is Brachial Plexus Awareness week, according to the United Brachial Plexus Network. The brachial plexus is a set of nerves that run from a person’s neck to the fingers. These nerves may be injured in a number of ways. Adults can suffer a brachial plexus injury in a car or motorcycle accident, during surgery or in a variety of ways where trauma to the arm is present. Brachial plexus injuries can also occur to a child during delivery.
While the healthcare debate rages on in political circles, most people in Massachusetts still expect that when treated by a doctor, the care provided will meet a professional standard. In the world of medical negligence, this is commonly referred to as the standard of care. This unique and important concept accepts the fact that complications can arise in medical care. It also includes the idea that medical science cannot cure all diseases.