The process of giving birth is nothing less than a miracle. Although women in New Mexico have babies all the time with no problems, something could go wrong, leaving infants with birth injuries. Knowing that your newborn is suffering in any way is devastating. Parents want to know how it happened and what they can do to help their babies.
Traumatic head and facial injuries
According to a study available on the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) website, these birth injuries can be traumatic.
- Intracranial (inside the skull) hemorrhages range from minor to severe, but all require a swift response from the medical team.
- Cranial nerve injuries may occur in forceps deliveries or without apparent cause, but a fast response from the delivery team prevents adverse complications.
- Ocular injuries, which may be minor or severe, also require immediate medical intervention to prevent long-term damage or visual impairment.
Sometimes, birth injuries occur from the normal process of having a baby. Other times, a medical team’s action or inaction caused or contributed to the injury. Unless you also work in the medical field, you probably do not know if the birth injury qualifies for a personal injury or medical malpractice claim.
Having your infant examined by a different doctor may help determine if the injury occurred naturally or through malpractice. When negligence is the cause, families need financial compensation to cope with these new and frightening circumstances. The money awarded can help ensure that the baby gets necessary medical care to recover or at least have a better quality of life.