As an expectant Washington mother, you may have heard that you should “expect the unexpected” when raising children, but when it comes to your delivery, itself, you are probably hoping for a smooth, predictable process. Unfortunately, though, some deliveries are far more difficult than others, and in some cases, difficult deliveries can lead to long-term complications. At Elk & Elk Co., Ltd., we understand that difficult deliveries can lead to a number of serious medical conditions, among them Erb’s palsy. We also recognize that this and a number of other conditions caused by tough deliveries can, in some instances, leave you and your child facing a lifetime of hardship.
Suffering through the trauma of a birth injury can be a challenge for both the baby and parents. Families expect to welcome healthy babies into their world, but the negligence of medical professionals can put both a child's and mother's life at risk during labor.
Women who are pregnant or who have given birth in the last year in Washington State should be able to focus on the joys associated with bringing a new life into the world. Unfortunately, that is not always the case as the rate of maternal deaths is on the rise. Data from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that three out of every five maternal deaths are actually preventable via proper medical care.
During pregnancy, every parent hopes for a strong and healthy baby. None of them expect their child to suffer a birth injury. And birth injuries are actually quite rare. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that only one in 33 babies suffer a birth injury.
Many birth injuries are severe and immediately recognizable. For example, both physicians and parents alike could identify whether a baby has broken bones or muscle-related injuries if the child cannot move easily after birth.
Parenting is an expensive endeavor as is, but when your child sustains a brain injury, especially one that results in long-term disabilities, it can be even more so. If your Seattle birthing team failed you and your child in that it allowed your child to sustain a disabling birth injury, you may wonder if there are programs available that can help you cover the cost of inevitable expenses that stem from the injury. The good news is, there are.
For most Washington families, the birth of a child is a joyous time filled with celebration and love. Most pregnancies progress to full term without issue. However, complications can occur in even the healthiest mothers. At Elk & Elk Co., Ltd. we often represent clients whose child sustained injuries at or near the time of birth due to doctor negligence or a medical error.
According to March of Dimes, a doctor may schedule a cesarean section if there are problems during your pregnancy that may make vaginal birth risky for mom, baby or both. If a person has a healthy pregnancy, and if the delivery doctor does not detect any issues that may make vaginal birth a dangerous option, the doctor will likely recommend vaginal birth.
Many people, when they hear that a baby has been born prematurely, assume that the only consequence of a preterm birth is low birth weight. This is not only inaccurate, but also, a dangerous misconception. Researchers and health care providers along have long associated premature birth with several damaging and long-term health effects. While that is not to say that all preterm babies in Washington will experience adverse health effects throughout their lives, those that do often experience developmental delays, trouble breathing or even premature death.
Erb's palsy is a birth injury that affects the spinal cord's capacity to send messages to the arm, hand, wrist or fingers through natural nerve impulses. Babies who are born in Washington with this condition usually look as if they are paralyzed in the affected areas of the arm. Many require ongoing and extensive therapy to regain movement in the affected areas. Unlike some birth injuries, Erb's palsy is preventable and usually caused by a physician pulling an infant too roughly or in an abnormal way.