The delivery of a newborn child is one of life’s most miraculous events. Often, it is the culmination of months of preparation and effort, and results in a joyful addition to a family.
It is during this process that expectant mothers and fathers put their trust in the care and professionalism of their doctors and nurses. With so much at stake, parents put a great deal of faith and trust in their health care providers.
In many cases, that trust pays off, and through the efforts of conscientious doctors and medical staff, new babies are born healthy and happy. But mistakes happen. The birth of a child–sometimes a once in a lifetime event for a family–can become routine practice for obstetricians and their staff. Additionally, the demands of the corporations that run the hospitals place increasing time and business burdens on doctors. Instead of giving each delivery the specialized attention it deserves, doctors are frequently rushed and distracted. Similarly, overworked nurses can get so busy that they forget to monitor the mother and baby’s progress, or ignore critical signs that something may be wrong.
These lapses in judgment–simple mistakes–can have catastrophic consequences, resulting in profound, life-long injuries.
As difficult as delivery is for the mother, it is just as hard for the baby. The birthing process exerts stress on the baby, and if that stress is not closely observed and managed, it can become too much for the baby to handle on its own. Additionally, complications like umbilical cords being wrapped around the baby’s neck can cause additional concerns.
If these conditions are monitored, they can be resolved with relatively mild medical interventions such as medication, or sometimes, delivery by cesarean section. If they are not monitored, however, then the baby’s heart can malfunction, and the brain is deprived of oxygen. When this goes on for too long, the brain is irreversibly damaged.
Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) is a type of brain damage that affects various cognitive and physiological functions, and can even cause death. Children who survive HIE often struggle with learning disabilities, cognitive difficulties, epilepsy, poor motor coordination, and cerebral palsy, among other things. These special needs often require thousands–if not millions–of dollars in specialized medical care and treatment.
Proving that medical negligence caused birth injuries is a difficult, complex process. The medicine and legal issues involved require skill, training, and experience. Not all cases of cerebral palsy or HIE are caused by medical negligence, but the only way to know for sure is to contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney.
Attorney Ryan Springer and the legal team at G. Eric Nielson & Associates are experienced in complex birth injury litigation. We have handled many of the largest cases in the State of Utah, and recovered millions of dollars for injured children. If you have questions about cerebral palsy or the possibility that your child may have been injured by medical negligence, Ryan offers free, no obligation consultations. Your medical records will be reviewed by experts, and you will get the answers you have been looking for. More importantly, Ryan has the experience and skill to face off against insurance companies and lawyers in order to fight for what your child deserves.