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Medical malpractice: Brain injury at birth causes life-long need

The birth of a baby is a process during which many things can go wrong. Only when the entire medical team works together efficiently under the guidance of a competent doctor can an uneventful birth occur. Infant brain damage is prevalent nationwide, and while babies can be born with brain damage resulting from maternal infections, many suffer injuries during the birthing process. Lawsuits alleging medical malpractice are common in Tennessee civil courts.

When complications occur during the labor process, the baby can suffer physical trauma. When forceps or vacuums are used to assist the birth, the incorrect placing of such instruments can cause severe injuries to the fragile head of the baby. Brain damage can also result from repeatedly hitting the pelvic bone during an extended birthing process. When the doctor assists by pulling and twisting the infant, this can lead to brain injury.

Oxygen deprivation or birth asphyxia is another cause of brain injury at birth. This can result from the umbilical cord wrapping around the baby's neck during birth, or from a dislodged placenta blocking the birthing canal. Other causes can be unmanaged high blood pressure in the mother, anemia or a delay in the baby starting to breathe naturally. These issues are all extremely serious but preventable by fast-acting doctors and medical teams who can identify emergencies and react appropriately.

Any family that has to cope with the consequences of a child who has suffered brain injuries during a birthing process that was inappropriately managed may pursue financial relief. This is a complicated field of the law, and the support and guidance of an experienced medical malpractice attorney in Tennessee can be priceless. A brain-injured child may need life-long care, and a seasoned attorney can do whatever is possible to ensure the maximum compensation to provide that care.

Source:, "Brain Injury", Feb. 3, 2017

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