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Birth Fracture Cases in Hawaii

Hawaii Birth Injury Lawyer

Having a child can be one of the most exciting times in a mother's life. Unfortunately, certain circumstances could contribute to a traumatic birth. Traumatic births are not caused by obstetricians, but the injuries that result could be the fault of the obstetrician. When doctors fail to follow the necessary medical procedures, infants can be injured during the medical process.

If your child was injured at birth as a result of a fracture, you may have the right to file a birth injury medical malpractice claim. To learn more, contact a Hawaii personal injury attorney at the Bostwick & Peterson, LLP as soon as possible.

Common Birth Injury Fractures

  • Clavicle
    This is the most common type of birth injury fracture, occurring in around 2 percent of all birth injury fracture cases. Some common causes include prolonged labor, large infant weight, shoulder dystocia or delivery by way of forceps or ventouse. In some cases, the clavicle fracture does not heal normally and will require surgical treatment.
  • Humerus
    This type of fracture can be difficult to diagnose. The humerus is the bone of the upper arm. If the parents or obstetrician notices decreased movement or assesses that the infant is experiencing pain with movement in this area, then there may be a humerus fracture.
  • Femur
    The femur is the bone of the upper leg (thigh). Some signs of femur fractures include thigh swelling, apparent pain and even paralyzed legs.

Improper Use of Forceps During Delivery

Forceps are a type of surgical instrument used to extract a child in a difficult delivery or when a mother is experiencing prolonged labor. Forceps act as a pair of tongs that can grab the child's head. With gentle force, the surgeon can then pull the forceps and help the baby through the birth canal. However helpful, forceps can cause the infant and the mother injury. At best, a forceps injury can result in fetal cuts and bruises. In the worst-case scenarios, improper use of forceps during delivery can cause facial nerve injuries, clavicle fractures and even hemorrhaging.

Clavicle fractures occur in an estimated one percent of vaginal deliveries. They can result from both complicated and uncomplicated births. This is considered the most frequent type of birth injury. In most cases, the fractures will heal within a few weeks. In severe cases, surgery might be necessary. Children may take less time to heal than adults. Total recovery time is assessed based on weight, health and the type/degree of the clavicle fracture.

A doctor must also accurately ascertain when surgery is necessary and when it is not. If surgery is not necessary, then a doctor might prescribe a type of sling or something else to keep that joint from moving. This is the most common type of treatment for clavicle fractures, and is employed in about 90 percent of cases. In cases of open fractures, failure to unify after three months, distal fractures and some other more serious symptoms may warrant surgery to repair the fracture.

Seeking compensation? Contact Bostwick & Peterson, LLP!

At Bostwick & Peterson, LLP, we are extremely familiar with this type of case. If your child was wrongfully injured during delivery, then you may be able to file a claim against the hospital and the practicing obstetrician who delivered your baby. Financial compensation could go toward medical costs as well as emotional turmoil for the parents. To learn more about filing a claim, please consult with a Hawaii birth injury lawyer from our firm as soon as possible.

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