When children are mishandled during delivery, the resulting injuries can include serious damage to the arm and leg bones, collarbone, skull, and bones of the hands and feet. There are various types of fracture classifications, such as the hairline fracture, which involves cracks in the bone but no separation, or the simple fracture, where a bone breaks in one location but does not penetrate the skin. Compression of the arms and shoulders in response to the birth complication shoulder dystocia can cause a condition called Erb’s palsy.
MRI scans, X-rays, and other imaging tests are used to diagnose bone injuries. Some children with bone fractures heal well with medication, splints, and physical therapy, while others require surgery. In some cases, affected children may suffer permanent damage.
Since a new baby’s bones are very delicate, fractures and other bone injuries can have a negative impact on their physical growth and development, requiring months or even years of physical therapy and special ambulatory equipment.
Bone Injury Lawsuits
Filing a claim against the doctor or hospital that caused your child’s injury involves strict paperwork requirements and evidence documentation. Often there are extensive medical records, witness testimony, and third-party medical reviews that must be submitted in order to build a strong personal injury case.
Birth injury attorneys have helped many families throughout the country win large settlements after bone injury claims. For that reason, if you believe your child’s injury was caused by medical negligence, you should discuss your situation with an experienced birth injury attorney and seek advice on the steps needed to obtain fair compensation for medical negligence.