Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) typically occurs during difficult vaginal deliveries. The injury results from improper use of forceps or vacuum to aid the baby’s head exiting the birth canal. These instruments often cause injuries to the head and brain of the baby, and in some cases, lead to death. The most common TBI is known as Erb’s palsy. Erb’s palsy is the stretching of the nerves called the brachial plexus. This type of injury is often the result of a disproportion between the baby’s size and the birth canal.
Whenever cephalo-pelvic disproportion (CPD) is suspected or diagnosed before delivery, the physician will usually perform a cesarean section delivery. When a larger than average baby is being delivered vaginally, the process will be prolonged and difficult. After the head emerges, the doctor can cause severe injury to the nerves in the neck by pulling the baby’s head in an attempt to complete the delivery process. Turning and twisting the head, done with sufficient force, will often result in the tearing of nerves connecting the arms to the spinal cord.
It often takes several months after delivery to fully evaluate the degree of permanent injury. If you or your baby has suffered an injury during birth, it could be the result of medical malpractice or negligence. Contact an attorney today to have your case evaluated. CALL US ANYTIME (877)776-9558 or fill out a consultation form here to start the process.