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Birth injury: things to know

When preparing to bring a new bundle of joy into the world, the last thing any parent in Louisiana or elsewhere wants to think about is everything that could go wrong. While, technically speaking, child birth is not a medical condition -- it is a natural event -- a number of problems can occur during the process that result in medical crisis for mom, baby or both. A birth injury can have serious -- if not fatal -- results. 

The link between birth injury and a child's mental health

During labor and delivery, things can happen that put the baby's health at risk. Sometimes, babies suffer injuries that can affect their lives forever. A recent study out of another country has actually linked a specific birth injury to mental health issues. Those in Louisiana whose children suffered brachial plexus injuries during the birth process may be interested in this study's findings.

How long do I have to file a birth injury claim?

Labor and delivery day is a day filled with excitement and worry. Most parents cannot wait to finally meet their little babies, but they are obviously concerned about the physical process and making sure both mom and baby come out of it healthy. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for mom and baby to suffer some sort of birth injury in the process. If this happens and it is the result of medical negligence, how long does the state of Louisiana give to file legal claims in order to seek compensation?

Louisiana birth injury: Cerebral palsy facts

Numerous children across the country, many right here in Louisiana, are born with or acquire cerebral palsy every year. For some, this is the result of a congenital defect; for others, it may be the result of a birth injury. What's the difference, and what can parents do if medical negligence turns out to be the underlying cause?

Birth injury lawsuit nets $40 million verdict

Birthing a child is serious business. Many parents in Louisiana and elsewhere depend on the expertise offered by medical staff in order to ensure their children are brought into the world safely. Unfortunately, sometimes, medical providers make mistakes; these mistakes can lead to a birth injury that can affect the child and his or her parents for the rest of their lives.

Birth injury can often be avoided

The labor and delivery process is difficult on both a mother's body and the body of the sweet infant trying to enter the world. While many people in Louisiana and elsewhere will say it is a natural process, one that a woman's body knows how to handle without help, sometimes that really is not the case. Birth injury can often be avoided with the right help at the right time.

Movement in birth injury case over defective eggs

In another state, two couples filed claims against the fertility clinic they used to get pregnant. Both claim that the eggs that were implanted were not free of genetic defects, and their children were born with Fragile X mutation as a result. They are seeking an undisclosed amount in damages. Louisiana residents who are in the same shoes as these couples may also be able to file birth injury claims in order to seek compensation for their losses.

Damage to the brachial plexus a common birth injury

Labor and delivery is tough on both mom and baby. Sometimes, babies get stuck or struggle to get through the birth canal. When they do, they may damage their brachial plexus. This type of birth injury is fairly common, and it can have long-term consequences for the baby. Those in Louisiana whose children have suffered this type of birth injury, due to the negligence of medical staff, may be entitled to seek compensation.

Fetal oxygen deprivation can result in a severe birth injury

No parent, in Louisiana or elsewhere, likes to think of everything that can go wrong during the birthing process. While the vast majority of babies are delivered without significant issue, there are others who suffer medical events due to medical malpractice that results in severe birth injury. Fetal oxygen deprivation, for instance, happens, but it can be avoided or quickly corrected if the proper actions are taken in a timely manner.

Millions awarded in recent birth injury case

Giving birth to a child is often not without complications. It is not uncommon for mom and baby to suffer minor injuries as a result of the process. However, many mothers and babies in Louisiana and elsewhere experience major complications as a result of their medical providers' actions during delivery. It was recently reported that a woman in another state won a birth injury claim she filed against the doctor who delivered her baby.

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