Maryland Bone Fractures Lawyer
When you think of bone fractures, you may think of injuries from sports or accidents. However, bone fractures can also occur when a baby is being born. Labor and delivery can be tough on both the baby and mother, especially if the baby is large or the mother has a small pelvis.
Breech delivery can also lead to fractures. This is when the baby is positioned feet or bottom first. This can make vaginal delivery difficult, which is why babies in these positions are mostly delivered via C-section.
Has your baby suffered broken bones during labor and delivery? If so, contact the Maryland bone fractures lawyers at Wais, Vogelstein, Forman, Koch & Norman to discuss liability and compensation.
One of the main types of bone fractures that newborns experience during labor and delivery is a clavicle fracture. The clavicle is more commonly known as the collarbone and may break when the baby’s shoulder is being delivered.
The clavicle may fracture when the baby is too large or forceps are used during labor and delivery. The mother may also be to blame if she has a narrow birth canal.
While a broken collarbone may seem like a major injury for a newborn, the surprising news is that no treatment is required. Newborn babies’ bones heal rather quickly. However, healing occurs quickly. New bone forms within 10 days and a lump will develop at the break site.
While no cast or splint is needed, the baby may still experience some pain when moving their arms. The arm may hang limp and the injured shoulder may appear lower than the other.
When a baby is born too quickly or is too big, the baby’s shoulders and chest can get stuck in the birth canal during labor and delivery. This can cause the umbilical cord to get pinched as a result. This can be risky to the baby, which means that the medical staff will do whatever necessary to get the baby delivered without pulling on the head or neck.
This can cause the humerus, or upper arm bone, to get broken in the process. This may seem like a scary situation for a newborn baby, but a broken bone is better than causing serious complications to your baby. The fracture may be somewhat painful to your baby. However, they will react by not moving the affected arm.
As with a clavicle fracture, no medical treatment is needed. A splint or cast could actually cause more harm than good, as it could be too loose or too tight, causing permanent scarring or nerve damage.
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Bone fractures can happen to infants during labor and delivery. While these fractures often heal on their own with no issues, it can be a painful and frustrating process.
Has your child suffered the pain of a bone fracture? If so, contact the personal injury lawyers at Wais, Vogelstein, Forman, Koch & Norman. We can help you obtain compensation for your baby’s damages. Call (410) 567-0800 to schedule a consultation with our office.