If the birth of your child turned into a traumatic, terrifying event due to a cranial or spinal cord injury, you deserve straight answers about what went wrong. Time is of the essence after an act of medical negligence.
An experienced birth injury attorney will work closely with parents of injured children and local medical experts in pursuit of information that could make all the difference in your case.
How Cranial & Spinal Cord Injuries Happen
During labor and delivery, you put your trust in a team of medical experts whom you assume will do everything they can to protect your child. But when a doctor or nurse ignores high standards and makes a careless decision, serious injury to the head and spinal cord can result.
Many spinal and head injuries happen as a result of excessive use of force, either with forceps, pulling on the torso or head, or misuse of vacuum extraction. The spinal cord can suffer compression, torque, or traction injuries that are sometimes overlooked right after birth. Symptoms of cranial and spinal cord injury include breathing difficulties, endocrine dysfunction, scalp swelling, weak cry, loss of movement, and abnormal reflexes.
Effects of Cranial & Spinal Cord Injury
The spinal cord is a baby’s nerve center, carrying messages to and from the brain. Physical damage to any part of the spinal column can cause severe nerve damage, resulting in loss of movement (paralysis), loss of sensation, and other permanently disabling conditions.
Skull fractures and other head injuries may cause brain damage that affect a child’s physical and mental development throughout his or her lifetime.