Shoulder dystocia can be a scary complication for a Texas mother in labor. It happens when a baby's shoulders become caught in its mother's pelvis during delivery and the baby cannot move forward through the birth canal. In many cases, doctors can quickly and safety extract the baby without any injuries or problems. However, if a child becomes lodged inside their mother for too long, they can suffer from some very serious and long-term complications.
The time surrounding the birth of a child can be filled with anticipation and anxiety. While most Texans are excited for the births of their children, most still have a concern in the back of their mind that something will go wrong. Fortunately, most births occur without incident, and the child and his or her parents go on to live happy and healthy lives. But, medical care when it comes to delivering a child is not foolproof, and when it is carried out negligently, serious harm can be inflicted upon a child, a mother or both.
Texas families who are expecting the birth of a child anticipate that the process without be a joyous one. For many, though, giving birth can result in preventable injuries being suffered by a mother and her child. The damages that can result from these incidences can be enormous. A newborn's birth injury can leave him or her with lifelong physical limitation, pain, and suffering that can be costly to treat. A mother can suffer similar physical harm. An emotional toll can be levied, too. Taken as a whole, these damages can be overwhelming and leave a family struggling to figure out how to move on.
One of the things our country prides itself on is its advances in medical research and technologies, which allow Texans to receive quick and effective medical care. In some circumstances, though, medical professionals fail to live up to this vision. Sometimes they have even considered some lapses in medical care to those seen in third-world countries.
Welcoming a child into the world is the start of a new journey. It should be filled with happiness and hope, and begin with strong bonding between a child and his or her parents. Unfortunately, though, many parents in Texas find that, upon birth of their child, they have to focus on ensuring their child's pain is reduced and unexpected injuries can heal. This is no small feat, as birth injuries can be quite severe, resulting in anything from broken bones to brain damage depending on the circumstances at hand.
Newborn babies are extremely fragile. It's pretty amazing, then, that so many of them are born safe and healthy. One reason for this is because competent medical professionals are usually able to guide women through the birthing process in a way that ensures both the mother and child's well-being. Sometimes, however, medical professionals make errors that can cause serious injuries.
Most parents in Texas are fortunate enough to experience the birth of their child without major complications. This should be the norm, after all, since doctors and nurses go through extensive education and training in an attempt to ensure that they can safely and effectively treat their patients. However, issues commonly arise during birth, sometimes resulting in birth injuries that can have a tremendous effect on a victim's physical well-being, as well and the emotional and financial well-being of the victim's family. When it can be determined that such harm has been caused by the negligence of another, a medical malpractice claim may be justified.
A few weeks ago on the blog we discussed the costs associated with caring for cerebral palsy. Families that have a loved one who suffers from this condition can find themselves overwhelmed with medical expenses. In fact, these costs can easily reach the six and sometimes seven-figure range. For most Texans, this is unaffordable. It can threaten a family with financial ruin which, in turn, causes additional stress at a time when they need to focus on the care of their loved one.
Even though medical professionals tend to face the same medical complications time and again, there are many instances where they are presented with a unique and challenging situation. In these instances, doctors and nurses are expected to rely on their experience and training to make decisions that are in line with acceptable medical standards. This, in turn, will hopefully ensure that a patient does not receive any additional harm, and his or her medical condition will improve.
Texas couples who are expecting a child may be overwhelmed with all of the health-related information and treatment they receive before their little one arrives. Although it may feel overwhelming, most of these pregnant women receive adequate explanation of their treatment and administration of care, allowing them to give birth to healthy and happy babies. In some instances, though, medical professionals, for one of a number of reasons, make mistakes that cause serious harm to babies. These birth injuries can have lifelong consequences that can have physical, emotional and financial ramifications.