Brain and Spinal Damage
The arrival of a new baby is supposed to be a joyous occasion. Sadly, though, some infants suffer injuries during the birth process due to the negligent or careless behavior of delivery room doctors and staff. One of the most devastating of birth injuries is brain and spinal cord damage, which can permanently affect a child as well as his or her family. Brain and spinal cord damage often requires extensive, ongoing medical treatment, potentially leaving a family with insurmountable medical bills. However, the irresponsible medical professional at fault for the injury may be obligated to cover these frustrating costs.
Consequences of Brain and Spine Damage
Brain and spinal cord injuries during birth can result from a variety of medical errors, including the mishandling of instruments such as forceps as well as the improper monitoring of an infant’s oxygen levels during birth. There are a number of repercussions associated with brain and spinal cord damage, but some of the most common effects of these catastrophic injuries include:
- Mental retardation
- Delayed development
- Emotional abnormalities
Additionally, a child who suffers a brain or spinal cord injury during labor and delivery may be unable to ever live independently. This can be a terrible emotional blow for a family as well as a major source of financial concern.
Your baby’s birth should not be clouded by the negligent or dangerous actions of a doctor or other hospital staff member. If your baby has suffered a brain injury or spinal cord damage at the hands of a careless doctor, you may be entitled to financial compensation from the unsafe medical practitioner at fault. Learn more about your legal rights and options today by calling the experienced medical malpractice attorneys of Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, at (617) 426-4488.