Denver Birth Fracture Attorneys
For every 1,000 births in the United States, approximately seven babies suffer an injury. Fractures are one of the more common birth injuries, as a newborn baby’s bones are fragile and doctors may pull the baby through the narrow vaginal canal during a delivery.
However, a broken bone may be a sign of medical malpractice. If your child suffered this injury at the hands of medical providers, call Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. at (877) 433-3906. Our Denver birth injury lawyers will examine your case and see if there is compensation available for you.
A birth injury fracture is a break in the baby’s bone or cartilage as a result of a traumatic childbirth. There are a few common types of infant fractures. Clavicle fractures are the most common of any birth injury. The clavicle, also called the collarbone, connects the chest to the shoulder. Treatment for a clavicle fracture usually requires strapping the baby’s arm to his or her chest for a few weeks to allow the bone to heal.
A growth plate fracture can usually be detected by swelling at one end of a long bone, such as the femur or humerus. The growth plate is more prone to injury because it is an area of rapid growth and has softer cartilage, which is more vulnerable. Treatment usually requires protection of the area for a few weeks to allow for healing.
Femur fractures happen when the baby’s leg is awkwardly twisted during delivery. The child will usually experience pain with movement. The treatment of a femur fracture in a newborn is to use a Pavlik harness, which holds the baby’s hips in a stable position, for about four weeks.
Fortunately, most birth injury fractures heal on their own with a little assistance. However, more severe fractures may require additional medical care, such as medication, traction, or surgery.
Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare professional, through either a wrongful act or a failure to act, causes injury to a patient. This is called negligence, and includes errors in diagnosis, treatment, aftercare, or health management.
There are various ways in which a negligent act or omission by a doctor could contribute to a fracture at birth. For example, a physician’s failure to detect fetal distress and transition the patient from a vaginal birth to a cesarean section (C-section) could result in a baby undergoing trauma during a vaginal birth.
Additionally, a physician who uses birth-assisting tools, such as forceps, too aggressively may fracture the infant’s bones by trying to speed up the labor process. Both of these scenarios are examples of medical errors that could be considered medical malpractice.
If you believe that your child’s fracture may be due to the negligence of your medical team, you should contact a knowledgeable birth injury attorney as soon as possible. Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. knows how to do research, gather evidence, and fight for just compensation on your behalf. It is important to note that in Colorado, the statute of limitations to file a medical malpractice lawsuit is two years after the incident took place, so the sooner you speak to a lawyer, the better.
If you’d like to speak with a birth injury attorney at the Denver office of Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. give us a call at (303) 759-9945.
- Birth Injuries in Newborns - Merck Manuals
- Fractured Clavicle in the Newborn - MedlinePlus
- Pavlik Harness Treatment for Children