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Newborns, though incredibly resilient, are also incredibly fragile. While light bruises may occur as a normal consequence of delivery, fractures and broken bones are typically caused by excessive force. If your child has experienced a fracture or broken bone from improper medical attention during delivery, you may be able to pursue compensation, especially if the damage is permanent.
Speak with a birth injury attorney at Murphy, Falcon & Murphy if you believe your child's fracture was caused by medical negligence, and we'll help you determine the best course of legal action.
Call 410.983.6266 to speak with our legal team.
Symptoms of Infant Fractures
Collarbone fractures are an extremely common result of a stressful delivery. Though the fracture may be difficult to observe at first, it will soon become apparent that your child is injured.
Symptoms of clavicle fractures include:
- Minimal movement in the injured area
- A droopy shoulder on the side of the fracture
- The appearance of a lump at the fracture location
- Crying if the affected location is touched
Other symptoms of broken bones may include pain and swelling, redness and bruising, loss of movement, and deformity in the affected location, especially in longbone fractures (fractures of the infant's arms or legs). Many minor fractures will heal on their own. Serious fractures and breaks may result in long-term disabilities requiring multiple corrective procedures and costly therapy. Epiphysial fractures, for example, may affect your child's growth plates and complicate your child's growth. If this is the case, and a physician was to blame for your child's injury, legal action may be necessary to recover the compensation you deserve.
Causes of Fractures During Birth
Perhaps the most frustrating part of any fracture or broken bone is the possibility that medical error may have caused it. Improper technique, forceful measures, and negligent judgment all contribute to a sound case for medical malpractice.
Murphy, Falcon & Murphy Is Ready to Advocate on Your Behalf
Our firm understands the unfortunate and often tragic difficulties of dealing with an infant injured by medical error. To determine who is at fault, talk to our team of birth injury lawyers. We can help you figure out whether your physician was in error and come up with a strong, innovative strategy for your case. We draw on the diverse experiences of our team to strengthen your case and provide creative legal solutions.
Don't hesitate to call 410.983.6266 for a free initial consultation.