It’s fairly well-known that a low birth weight may cause health problems.
Not many people realize a larger baby may also cause problems.
“Birth injuries are one of the most disturbing areas of law in which to practice. The
future of that child has been compromised by carelessness or negligence.
Things like that tear a family apart emotionally, mentally and physically;
the guilt they feel is tremendous and they want justice for their child,” outlined
Christopher Mellino, a
medical malpractice lawyer, of the Mellino Law Firm LLC in Cleveland, Ohio.
Birth injury medical malpractice may happen for a variety of reasons, and
one of them relates to the size of the fetus. Premature babies are subject
to a number of illnesses because they are not fully developed in order
to withstand the rigors of the harsh world in which they find themselves.
Larger babies may possibly have gestational diabetes and their size is
an issue when it comes to attempting a normal, vaginal birth. It’s
often safer if a large baby is delivered by C-section or induced earlier
before they reach full term. “If neither of these two things happen,
the results can be painful for the mother and catastrophic for the baby
in terms of crush injuries, lack of oxygen during birth and other injuries
that may happen due to medical intervention; e.g.,
shoulder dystocia, or Erb’s palsy,” said Mellino.
Another thing that has the potential to cause birth injuries is cephalopelvic
disproportion, meaning the mother’s pelvis (shape and size) is not
favorable to having a natural birth. Many women with this condition will
ultimately have C-sections. “It is vital this disorder be diagnosed
early so when the time comes for giving birth, preparations will be in
place for a C-section rather than attempt to deliver naturally,”
Difficult and hard labor may cause
birth injuries as well and the baby may begin to lose oxygen. When this happens, the
child may suffer brain damage. It’s a touch and go situation for
the mother as well, and at this point, if the doctor is not paying careful
attention to the fetal monitor, they may miss signs of fetal distress.
If prompt action is not taken, the end result may be brain damage for the baby.
The position of the baby prior to its birth needs to be head down in the
womb. “If it is in another other position, there are a variety of
ways to turn the child or adjust its position, but this has to be done
with great care. Extraction methods may also cause a baby severe damage,”
Most often a birth will go without a hitch and mother and baby will be
just fine. However, if someone has had a child and their
child was injured during the birth, it would be wise to
speak to a birth injury medical malpractice lawyer. Not all birth injuries are the result of negligence. For instance, some
brain injuries happened in the womb, as a result of an infection the mother
may have had.
“Each case is different and speaking to a med mal lawyer will clarify
issues about your case and give you a certain understanding about medical
negligence and how a case would be built and proceed to settlement or
Christopher Mellino, a medical malpractice lawyer, of the Mellino Law Firm LLC in Cleveland, Ohio.