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Infant Broken Bone Injury

There is a natural risk that an infant may sustain a broken bone during labor and delivery. However, infant broken bone injuries can often be prevented. If you believe that a medical provider was negligent in allowing your baby to suffer broken bones, you can pursue a medical malpractice case.

The Boston broken bone birth injury lawyers of Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP can help you and your family as you work through this traumatic experience. We understand that your family has suffered significantly because of the medical mistakes that injured your baby. Our experienced legal team has decades of legal experience and has recovered millions for accident victims in Boston, MA.

Contact our law firm or call us at (617)-391-9001 to schedule a free consultation with our lawyers. We’ll handle the legal matters so you can focus all your attention on your precious newborn.

How Can Our Boston Personal Injury Lawyers Help You with a Birth Injury Claim?

How Can Our Boston Personal Injury Lawyers Help You with a Birth Injury Claim?

Filing medical malpractice claims for birth injuries can be challenging. The malpractice insurance company, hospital, and doctor all have teams of lawyers to fight these claims. Medical professionals never want to accept liability for their negligent conduct. 

At Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP, we believe that infants and their parents deserve compensation when medical errors cause them harm. Our Boston medical malpractice lawyers can help you recover money for your medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages due to medical negligence. 

When you hire our legal team in Boston, Massachusetts, you can expect us to:

  • Explain your and your infant’s legal rights and options for filing injury claims
  • Conduct an extensive investigation into the hospital, doctor, and all other health care providers 
  • Consult and retain medical experts to assist in the investigation and provide testimony at trial
  • File all insurance claims and monitor deadlines for filing lawsuits
  • Aggressively pursue every legal cause of action to obtain the best possible outcome for your case

If your child sustained bone fractures or broken bones during birth, call our law office to schedule a free consultation with one of our medical malpractice attorneys in Boston, MA.

Common Infant Broken Bone Injuries During Childbirth

Broken bones and fractures may result naturally during a difficult delivery. An emergency procedure to save the mother’s or the infant’s life could also result in broken bones.

However, many of the broken bones during labor and delivery result from poor medical treatment, inadequate preparation for delivery, or misdiagnosis of a condition. Sadly, medical negligence can result in an infant being born with broken bones.

Newborns have more bones than adults. As they grow, some bones fuse together. At birth, the infant’s bones are more fragile and softer than an adult’s bones. Therefore, the bones can break during delivery. 

Clavicle fractures (collarbones) are the most common bones broken during childbirth. The humerus (long bone in the upper arm) and femur are other common newborn bone fractures. Other bones that might break during labor and delivery include those in the skull, leg, arm, and cervical spine.

What Are the Symptoms of an Infant Broken Bone Injury?

Symptoms that could indicate your child sustained broken bones during childbirth include:

  • Inability to move a body part
  • Swelling
  • Pain (indicated by constant and inconsolable crying)
  • Deformities

The physician may order an x-ray or other imaging test to verify the broken bone. The treatment options vary depending on the bone that is broken and the severity of the injury. 

The injury may need to be immobilized to prevent further injury and permanent impairments. A bone may also need to be set so that it can heal properly. In severe cases, surgery may be required to repair the fracture.

If an infant’s bone injury is not treated promptly and correctly, a child could have permanent paralysis, nerve damage, and other complications. A child could also require ongoing occupational therapy or physical therapy to recover from the birth injury.

Who is to Blame for Infant Broken Bone Injuries During Childbirth?

As discussed above, there could be reasons for infant fractures that are beyond anyone’s control. 

Causes of broken bones related to medical malpractice include:

  • Aggressive or improper use of forceps or vacuums during delivery 
  • Pulling too hard or “yanking” the baby from the birth canal
  • Prolonged labor or rushed labor
  • Infants that are “stuck” behind the mother’s pubic bone (shoulder dystocia)
  • Failing to recognize a breech birth and provide the correct treatment
  • Unusually large baby and/or unusually small bone structure or the mother (pelvic bone)

The priority after birth is an immediate medical treatment for your infant. However, when your infant is stable, you may want to consider speaking with a Boston infant broken bone injury attorney. 

Your child might require continued care and treatment. Additionally, your baby may sustain permanent disabilities because of a broken bone or brachial plexus injury. A birth injury lawyer can help you seek compensation for these costs and other damages from the parties responsible for your baby’s pain and suffering. 

Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Boston Infant Broken Bone Injury Lawyers

Our Boston medical malpractice lawyers are dedicated to getting justice for infant broken bone injuries. Call us to request your free consultation with one of our lawyers. We’ll help you hold doctors accountable for their wrongdoing, mistakes, and negligence. 

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