Birth Fracture Lawyer in Hawaii
Record Birth Injury Results Across the U.S.
Having a child can be one of the most exciting times in a mother's life. Unfortunately, certain circumstances can contribute to birth injuries. When doctors fail to follow the necessary medical procedures and cause preventable harm, victims have the right to seek compensation for their damages.
If your child was suffered a birth fracture due to substandard care, you may have the right to file a civil claim. Our nationally recognized lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP have recovered over $1 billion for clients, including millions for birth injury and medical malpractice victims. Contact us to speak with a lawyer.
Common Birth Injury Fractures
- Clavicle fracture: Collar bone or clavicle fractures are the most common birth fractures. Common causes include prolonged labor, large infant weight, shoulder dystocia or delivery by way of forceps. Clavicle fractures may 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 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, allowing the surgeon to pull help the baby through the birth canal. However, 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 can cause facial nerve injuries, clavicle fractures, and hemorrhaging.
Clavicle fractures occur in an estimated one percent of vaginal deliveries. They can result from both complicated and uncomplicated births. In most cases, the fractures will heal within a few weeks. In severe cases, surgery might be necessary. 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, 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, 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.
Contract us for a free consultation with a Hawaii birth fracture attorney from our firm.
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