Newborn Bone Injury Lawyer Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Statistics show that approximately one out of every 1,000 births results in infant bone injury. These injuries may involve a bone fracture sustained during the delivery process or from mishandling of the baby immediately after birth. The fracture may be obvious right away, or it may take some time to realize a problem has occurred. Some fractures may be effectively treated with medication or splinting, while others might require surgery and long-term treatment. If you suspect that your child's fracture was caused by medical malpractice, the medical malpractice birth injury lawyers at the Lassen Law Firm may be able to help recover compensation for the newborn's injury.
Types of bone injuries at birth
A clavicle, or collarbone fracture is the most common type of bone injury seen in the delivery room. This type of fracture is most frequently seen during a breech delivery or a difficult delivery where special instruments must be used to help the baby through the birth canal.
Fractures also commonly occur in the legs, arms and skull. While some fractures may be unavoidable, others are caused by negligence in the delivery room and occur as a result of excessive force.
Symptoms of a bone injury may not appear right away. It may take several days before parents notice an infant's signs of pain upon being held or lack of movement in a limb. Bruising and stiffness around the injured area may also appear later. In the case of a clavicle fracture, a hard bump might develop at the location of the injury within a few weeks. A bone fracture can be confirmed through computerized tomography (CT Scan), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and x-rays. Treatment varies based on the location and severity of the fracture and may range from ice packs and splinting, to surgery and many months of physical therapy.
Medical Malpractice Lawyer Pennsylvania
Although some infant bone fractures heal without treatment or medical complications, a bone injury can potentially interfere with normal growth and development. Some children may require extensive physical therapy and special equipment in order to become mobile. The cost of dealing with a bone fracture can increase very fast, as testing, examinations and treatment costs add up. If you suspect your baby's bone fracture was caused by medical malpractice, the birth injury attorneys at the Lassen Law Firm can help you determine if a birth injury lawsuit is warranted. Legal action can help infants with special needs earn compensation not only for much-needed medical care, but also for the ordeal they have been made to suffer.
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Authored by: Christian Lassen