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INTRODUCTION: Women are rightfully nervous during their pregnancies and before they give birth. Delivering a baby is painful and exhausting and there is always the possibility that complications will arise. The expectant mother's health or the health of her baby could be at risk. See some of the awards we've won for clients.

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Overview Most of the time, birth is a joyous experience. The newborn is healthy, and recovery for the mother is uneventful, even if medical problems occurred during labor. Obstetricians, obstetrical nurses and nurse midwives are highly trained professionals who are expected to diagnose and treat any condition affecting the outcome of the pregnancy.

In instances when a woman's medical providers fail to give adequate care during pregnancy, labor, delivery, or the period after birth, their negligence can cause injury or death to the baby.

The most common birth injuries that can be attributed to substandard medical care involve the brain and nervous system. These injuries usually result in defects affecting the infant's ability to use his arms and legs. Mental retardation is also possible.

Cerebral Palsy Cerebral palsy is a catchall term used to describe abnormalities in muscle tone and control caused by brain damage. A child with cerebral palsy can be mildly or severely affected. One side of the body may be more damaged than the other.

The child with cerebral palsy may be so impaired that she cannot sit or walk normally. At worst, she may suffer quadriplegia and be unable to swallow her food or talk. Cerebral palsy may affect the child's ability to learn.

Erbs Palsy, Brachial Plexus Palsy, Shoulder Dystocia

Erbs palsy, brachial plexus palsy, and shoulder dystocia are injuries to the nerves that control the muscles in the shoulder, arm or head. Because of trauma inflicted on the baby during delivery, a child can be born with disabilities ranging from arm and shoulder paralysis to limb weakness. The severity of the child's disability depends on the extent of nerve damage.

The signs of these disorders can be seen immediately after birth or may not reveal themselves until later in infancy when the baby misses developmental milestones, like being able to hold his head up or learn to sit.

Consult An Attorney If you experienced a particularly difficult delivery with significant complications and your child has been diagnosed with one of these disorders, you should consider having an attorney with experience in medical malpractice review your medical records.

If it is determined that medical malpractice played a role in causing your child's disability, you are entitled to file a lawsuit seeking a monetary award for the injuries.