Childbirth comes with certain risks and complications can occur even in seemingly routine births. One of these complications is a bone fracture. A infant can sustain a bone fracture in a number of ways during childbirth, and often it is the result of medical malpractice. At the San Jose birth injury law firm of Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard, we are skilled in handling lawsuits involving bone fractures during childbirth. We seek full compensation for our clients who are dealing with serious injuries to their child.Bone Fractures During Birth
Bone fractures during delivery can occur in any of the fragile bones of an infant’s body but the most commonly fractured bone during birth is the clavicle or collarbone. This type of injury can occur when the shoulder is stuck under the mother’s pubic bone, a condition called shoulder dystocia. It can also occur when the baby is in the breech position during delivery. Both of these circumstances require medical professionals to use specific protocols and techniques for a safe delivery. If the correct procedures are not followed, a bone fracture can occur.
Fractures to the baby’s skull can also occur when forceps or a vacuum are not used properly during delivery. Skull fractures can have very serious consequences for the baby including:
- Brain bleeding,
- Brain damage, AND
When a child sustains a bone fracture, the symptoms of the fracture may not be immediately apparent. It can take days for a problem to become obvious. The child may be excessively fussy or experience pain when touched on certain parts of the body. There may also be bruising. Diagnosing a bone fracture will require an X-ray, CT scan or MRI in most cases. Depending on the severity of the break, your child may require surgery followed by physical therapy to make a full recovery. If your child’s injury was caused by medical negligence, our attorneys will help ensure that your child’s medical expenses and other needs are met. We strongly advocate for our clients’ interests and fight to hold liable parties accountable for their mistakes.
If your child has suffered a bone fracture during the birth process, contact us at (408) 289-1417 to schedule a free consultation. We will go over the circumstances of your child’s injury and provide an experienced assessment of the potential success of a civil lawsuit in your case. Our firm is located in San Jose, CA and we serve clients throughout Northern California including Santa Cruz, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Monterey, Carmel and the surrounding areas.