Birth experiences vary from woman to woman and can end in joy or in total devastation. Most parents are prepared in advance should their child need medical intervention immediately after birth and throughout childhood. They have time to prepare themselves and their families. Some Maryland deliveries take a turn for the worse and immediate lifesaving measures must be taken to save the child and/or the mother. Sometimes these traumatic births will lead to a permanent disability that will require medical care for the rest of the child’s life.
A mother of a four-year-old boy in another state is bringing about awareness for a birth injury her son suffered. The little boy suffered a traumatic birth when his shoulder rotated completely during the pushing phase of labor and caused the child to become stuck in the birth canal. The life-long injury resulted in what is called Brachial Plexus Palsy.
Brachial Plexus Palsy can happen during birth or occur from an injury. When the shoulder completely rotates, there is often tendon and nerve damage. This type of damage causes the arm to be weak and grow at a much slower pace, if at all. It often also causes the arm to become paralyzed, which limits the abilities of the child.
Should a Maryland family find that their child has suffered a permanent disability due to a birth injury, there are legal options available. With the help of a personal injury attorney, the family could file a personal injury claim in a civil court. A successful claim could help the family to cover medical costs that the child will incur as a result of the injury.
Source: abc27.com, “Halifax mom issues challenge to raise birth injury awareness“, Mike Parker, Sept. 29, 2017