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Brachial plexus birth injuries

Many Arizona expectant parents await the birth of their children anxiously because of the risk of complications or a birth injury. A difficult birth or breech birth increases the chance of a neonatal brachial plexus palsy injury occurring. When this happens, the nerves in the shoulder experience damage. It could happen when an infant's shoulders go through the birth canal and the head and neck get yanked to one side. Strain on the shoulders during delivery causes the condition as well. Although Cesarean deliveries usually take place instead of allowing a breech delivery to progress, a breech birth can also place pressure on an infant's shoulders and result in an injury.

Birth injury lawsuits in Arizona

High blood pressure can be a sign of preeclampsia in expectant mothers, and OB-GYNs in Arizona and around the country tend to monitor systolic and diastolic pressures closely during the second half of pregnancies. The condition causes the onset of violent seizures known as eclampsia, and early delivery of the baby is the only treatment currently offered by medical science. Failing to diagnose eclampsia can have dire consequences as the condition is one of the leading causes of death among pregnant women in the United States.

The effects of shoulder dystocia

Expectant parents in Arizona should be aware of possible complications that can occur during childbirth. Shoulder dystocia is a rare birth injury that occurs when one or both of an infant's shoulders become lodged in the mother's pelvis during delivery. Although it occurs in only a small fraction of births and most of the injuries can be resolved within a year with no long-term issues, a small number of shoulder dystocia cases are severe and can result in permanent injuries and even death.

Medical negligence and newborn infections

Newborns in Arizona hospitals can become seriously ill if they contract an infection, so doctors that treat them are expected to monitor them closely. If your newborn has been harmed by an infection during a hospital stay, you may have a case for filing a medical malpractice claim against the health care providers that treated your baby.

Shoulder dystocia birth injuries

Though shoulder dystocia is rare, it is a potential risk during any vaginal delivery birth in an Arizona hospital. Shoulder dystocia occurs when an infant's shoulders get stuck in the mother's pelvis during childbirth. Most of the injuries that are caused by shoulder dystocia are minor, but a small percentage of these injuries can lead to permanent disability.

Causes and prevention of cerebral palsy

Arizona residents who have cerebral palsy may have developed it before, during or within a few months or years after their birth. CP occurs when there is some sort of damage to the brain that cause it to develop abnormally and results in a loss of motor control. For most people with CP, the damage occurred during or before birth.

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