Birth Injury Attorney Reinherz Law

Every healthy birth is an occasion for hope and celebration, and births with complications are occasions for heartache. New parents pore over inch of their infant, counting fingers and toes and remarking over every yawn, sneeze and stretch, while parents whose children’s births have been traumatic are thrust into a nightmare world of medical testing, specialists and emergency treatments. Though some birth injuries and defects are immediately apparent, others do not make themselves known until days, weeks, and even months later. How can an inexperienced parent who has no medical training tell whether their child has been hurt in the process of labor or delivery? There are certain indications that you can watch for, and signs of possible birth injuries incurred during delivery that every parent should watch out for. At Reinherz Law, our personal injuries help parents whose children have suffered birth injuries. If you need our help, we will be there for you.

Treatment of obvious and serious birth injuries begins immediately, and can be very effective, but when left untreated they can lead to long term disability. Early detection is essential, and that can be very difficult when the signs of possible birth injury are not pronounced. As a parent, you will be the primary witness to your child’s every move. Here are some of the signs of birth injury that you need to watch out for, and take immediate action on:

  • Arching the back while crying
  • Being breathless
  • Drooling excessively
  • Excessive sleepiness and listlessness
  • Grunting
  • High pitched crying
  • Inconsolable crying and fussiness
  • Seizures
  • Sensitive to light
  • Struggling with eating, sucking and swallowing
  • Vomiting

There are other indications that can appear as the child gets older that may be an indication that something may have gone wrong during the birth process. These indications often manifest as poor health conditions, and can include changes in vision, anemia, hearing loss, vertigo or dizziness, low heart rate, persistent cough, constipation, wheezing, jaundice, and persistent paleness.  Babies who have suffered birth injuries also frequently exhibit signs of low or poor muscle tone. They may bend their hand towards their body or curl their hand like a claw. Their muscles may be stiff and they may show signs of weakness.

Some of the indications that don’t appear until a baby is a year old can include:

  • Delays in motor skill development
  • Loss of the use of bodily movements
  • Difficulties in walking
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Problems with solving problems
  • Pulling the neck
  • Lack of coordination
  • Speech problems
  • Inability to learn basic skills

When a baby fails to hit developmental milestones, parents should express concern to their pediatrician, and if they have cause to be concerned about the birth process they should take their inquiries to specialists who can diagnosed birth injuries that had been previously undetected.

If you have concerns about your child having been hurt during the birth process, you should seek both medical attention and legal counsel. The experienced, compassionate attorneys at Reinherz Law are here to help. Contact us today to set up a free consultation.

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