Brain Damage and Birth Injury
By Younker Hyde Macfarlane on April 30, 2013
In any of its various forms, medical malpractice can have tragic repercussions for both the victims and their loved ones. However, when medical malpractice compromises a person’s health and quality of life at birth, the negligence behind the act is particularly galling. A newborn that is injured through the negligent actions of delivery room personnel never has a chance at a completely healthy or normal life. Even those infants that do grow up to become functional, happy adults despite having suffered a birth injury have tremendous obstacles to overcome.
Unfortunately, some birth injuries present more serious challenges for victims and their families than others, with brain damage being at the top of the list. A brain damaged child will potentially face a lifetime of physical, mental, and emotional impairments, on top of which he or she may require expensive care that may be well beyond what many families can reasonably afford. Sadly, in some cases, the newborn’s life is cut tragically short due to the brain injury.
If your child was harmed due to the negligent or downright wrongful actions or decisions made by the medical professionals that you trusted as part of your birth team, we encourage you to learn about your legal rights and options from our experienced medical malpractice attorneys. Utah law firm Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC has helped families just like yours to obtain the full measure of compensation to which they are entitled, and we would be honored to fight for the rights of your newborn child.
To arrange for an evaluation of your potential birth injury case, please contact our Utah brain injury attorneys today.
Common Causes of Infant Brain Damage
There is no such thing as an “easy” birth. Delivery room personnel must always be aware of potential complications and take the utmost care to ensure the health of both the baby and the mother. Once the mother goes into labor, the health and vital signs of the fetus must be carefully and continually monitored. Throughout the birth process, doctors and other delivery room personnel must be aware of the flow of oxygen to the brain and respond immediately to emergencies that arise.
If it is necessary to use forceps or vacuum devices in the delivery of the baby, great care must be taken to prevent injury to the delicate skull. When used properly, these devices can help to ensure the health of the newborn; when used improperly or carelessly, they can do irreparable damage to the skull and the brain.
If your child has been harmed due to the inability of the team of healthcare professionals you entrusted with his or her birth, our lawyers can help. If you are searching for a qualified birth injury, brain injury, or cerebral palsy lawyer, Utah law firm, Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC has extensive resources and an impressive track record of success. We routinely give voice to injured newborns, the most defenseless, helpless victims of medical malpractice out of all.
To learn more about how our Utah medical malpractice attorneys can help you achieve justice for your child, contact our law firm today.
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