Spinal Cord Injuries and Birth Injuries
How Our Attorneys Can Help You
Injuries to the spine to newborn babies are some of the most severe birth injuries we deal with at the Tyrone Law Firm, PC in Georgia. If your baby sustained a spinal cord injury before, during or shortly after being born, your child could have serious, lifelong health issues. Some of the most common spinal cord injuries include:
- Incomplete spinal cord injury - Spinal cord partially severed, leaving injury victims with partial use of affected limbs. Within this category, there are three common incomplete spinal cord injuries:
- Anterior cord syndrome - Damage to front of spinal cord.
- Central cord syndrome - Damage to center of spinal cord.
- Brown-Sequard Syndrome - Damage to one side of spinal cord.
- Complete spinal cord injury - Spinal cord completely severed, resulting in total loss of affected body parts. Injury victims who sustain a complete spinal cord injury are often partially or totally paralyzed. Such injuries include:
- Triplegia - Loss of movement in one arm and both legs.
- Paraplegia - Loss of movement from the waist down.
- Tetraplegia - Loss of movement from the neck down. Sometimes referred to as quadriplegia.
There are many reasons why spinal cord injuries occur before, during or after the delivery of a baby. In particular, difficult or prolonged deliveries often increase the risk of a baby sustaining a spinal cord injury or another severe birth injury.
Abnormal fetal positioning or presentation can also contribute to spinal cord injuries to newborn children. That's because the baby is not in the right position prior to being born, putting excessive strain on the back and neck.
There are many symptoms and warning signs that your newborn child could have spinal cord injury. Some of the most common symptoms include:
- Decreased movement
- Difficulty breathing
- Bladder control problems
These are just a partial list. Symptoms vary from one baby to another depending on the severity of the injury.
There are many risk factors for spinal cord injuries doctors need to be aware of before delivering a baby. Some of the most common risk factors include:
- Mother's preexisting medical conditions
- Larger than normal fetus (macrosomia)
Experienced doctors know how diagnose the warning signs that something could potentially be wrong. That's why some physicians perform a cesarean section (C-section) in order to avoid complications associated with a vaginal birth.
If your doctor or another medical professional made a mistake which resulted in a spinal cord injury to your child, your family could be eligible to receive financial compensation for your child's injuries. If your child is paralyzed or has other significant symptoms, that compensation could pay for a lifetime of care and services.
However, obtaining such a financial settlement or verdict can be extremely challenging. That's because most doctors or hospitals refuse to admit they did anything wrong. As a result, most insurance companies will likely refuse to compensate you fairly.
We know how to hold physicians and other health care workers accountable for their actions. We know what evidence to look for, what questions to ask and how to compile that information into a strong legal case. Find out how we can help you. Tell us your story. Contact the Tyrone Law Firm, PC today.
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