Three Most Common Birth Injuries Caused by Medical Malpractice: Minneapolis-St. Paul Medical Malpractice Attorney Explains


Top Three Types of Birth Injuries Likely Caused by Medical Malpractice: How To Protect Your Loved One


All birth injuries are tragic and catastrophic.  Newborns need to be protected, and the first person that we as parents trust to protect our child is the doctor delivering our baby.  Unfortunately, OB/GYNs are one of the highest sued specialties in the medical field.  A large percentage of those lawsuits are the result of the doctor’s mistakes in treating a newborn which cause permanent, debilitating, and even fatal injuries.


Victims of birth injuries in Minnesota need to ensure their baby’s future is protected and his or her rights defended.  In Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Maple Grove, Duluth, Eagan, and anywhere else in Minnesota, victims of birth injuries should call Kuhlman Law, LLC for a FREE case analysis and to learn about their rights.  We know how birth injuries place a lot of stress and pressure on parents’ shoulders, and we will fight hard to lift that burden off your shoulders and place it onto ours so you that can focus on your family.  Call us by dialing (612) 444-3374 to learn more.


Three Common Birth Injuries Caused by Medical Malpractice to Know


While there are many different types of medical malpractice which can cause a birth injury, there are three common types which can have very damaging results.  Every parent should contact a Minnesota medical malpractice lawyer if their child has suffered one of these three common birth injuries:


Cerebral Palsy – This is a very devastating type of birth injury which is caused by brain damage.  This damage affects the way the body moves, controls its muscles (tone, reflex, posture, muscle control), and a person’s balance and coordination.  People with cerebral palsy may also have other disabilities such as visual, hearing, speech, learning, and other intellectual impairments.  Cerebral palsy is commonly caused due to fetal distress in the womb or during the birthing process.  Instances of umbilical cords rupturing or being compressed, excessive pressure during the birthing process (long and too frequent contractions), and complications in the delivery can all cause an oxygen deprivation of the infant’s brain.  Many times these complications are completely avoidable and should have been detected by a healthcare provider.


Brachial Plexus Injuries – This can be a very painful type of birth injury which is caused when the nerves in a baby’s arm, shoulder, and neck are stretched, torn, or completed destroyed during the birthing process.  Brachial plexus injuries can be temporary, but most are permanent.  These nerves originate from the spinal cord in the spinal column and extend distally through the neck, shoulders, biceps, elbow, forearm, hand, and fingers.  During the birthing process, if the doctor pulls on the baby’s hand or forearm to help with extraction, this could cause undue stress on the shoulder or neck which can pull the nerves right out of the spinal cord.  This can cause messages to not be sent from the brain, down the spinal cord, and out to the hand.  This means that a baby could permanent lose sensation or the ability to move part of all of his or her hand.


Facial Paralysis (Bell’s Palsy) – While usually temporary, excessive pressure on an infant’s face during the birthing process can result in facial paralysis or Bell’s palsy.  This is commonly caused by a healthcare provider where a tool such as a vacuum or forceps is used to pull the baby out of the birth canal with too much force, for too long, or in an improper manner.  This can result in damage to the cranial nerves which is very devastating to a newborn and last permanently for an adult.


Minnesota Birth Injury Medical Malpractice Attorney – Call for a FREE Case Analysis


If you or a loved one have been injured due to the medical malpractice of a healthcare provider such as a doctor, nurse, hospital, or other health care service professional, call Kuhlman Law, LLC for a FREE consultation by dialing (612) 444-3374 to learn more about your rights.  If we accept your case, we will conduct a thorough review and advise you whether there may have been a serious medical mistake causing your injury.   There is no risk, and you do not owe us money unless we win your case.

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