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Serious San Diego Birth Injuries Can Result in Brachial Plexus Damage

By San Diego Injury Lawyer on September 5, 2012 - Comments off

San Diego County Birth InjuryThe brachial plexus is a bundle of nerves that connects the brain with the shoulder, arm, and hand. Messages sent back and forth along these nerves control arm and hand movements and warn the brain by sending pain signals when the arm, hand, and shoulder are damaged. This type of injury is also known as Erb’s palsy.
Brachial plexus injuries can occur at any age, but they are a well-known possible complication during birth, especially when improperly resolving shoulder dystocia, where the infant’s should becomes lodged behind the mother’s pelvic bone. If the shoulder is pinched or twisted while the baby is being delivered, the nerves of the brachial plexus may be injured. Care must be taken during delivery to protect the newborn’s delicate nervous system.

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What Doctor Mistakes Frequently Lead to a San Diego Birth Injury?

By San Diego Injury Lawyer on April 2, 2012 - Comments off

newborn-baby-birth-sxc_398188_4425.jpgWhile techniques for assisting mothers during birth have been developed for thousands of years, the act of birth and delivery is still a delicate process that requires experienced medical help and proper coordination from a medical staff.
Every year, thousands of newborns suffer some form of birth injury and while the effects of some are brief, many others can impair a child for the rest of his or her life.
Doctors are not only responsible for the proper birth of a child, but the well-being of the mother and baby they are assigned to throughout the pregnancy term as well. As such, medical mistakes can lead to a variety of complications and injuries for both child and mother before and during birth. Frequent mistakes that may occur during birth that can cause harm to a newborn include:

  • Improperly resolving shoulder dystocia. When the infant’s shoulder becomes trapped behind the mother’s pubic bone during birth, the doctor must perform certain maneuvers to dislodge the shoulder without harm. A San Diego shoulder dystocia accident injury can permanently damage nerves that keep a child from having full arm function.
  • If the doctor does not recognize fetal distress, then he or she will not take swift and proper actions to help the child and keep injuries caused by suffocation or breech birth from occurring.
  • Modern tools, such as forceps and vacuum suction, can help ease and quicken delivery, but if used improperly can cause both superficial and deadly head and brain injuries to the child.
  • Prior to birth, doctors should examine the baby’s size, the mother’s pelvis size and shape, and other contributing factors in order to determine what actions should be taken for birth. If the proper actions are not taken, such as a cesarean section, then serious injuries could result.

Having a knowledgeable and experienced doctor on your side during birth is essential to keeping your baby safe; unfortunately, even the best doctors can make serious mistakes. If your child has been injured due to medical negligence, call the San Diego birth injury attorneys at the Jurewitz Law Group for a consultation and help with your case by dialing (888) 233-5020.

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