Bone Injury/Fracture

According to studies, in approximately one out of every 1,000 births, a newborn is subject to a bone injury. These may occur during delivery or due to the mishandling of the baby immediately after birth. The fracture may be clearly visible or it could take some time to become evident. Some bone fracture birth injuries are treatable with a simple splint or medication. Yet other bone injuries require long-term treatment.

Do you think your child has been the victim of a bone fracture due to medical malpractice on the part of the staff delivering your baby? If so, contact the attorneys at Balkin & Eisbrouch to discuss the possibility of filing a lawsuit to recover compensation for your child’s bone injury.

Various bone fractures occur at birth

During delivery, collarbone or clavicle fracture is among the most common. Bone injuries to this area often occur during a breech delivery (feet first) or other difficult delivery wherein the medical staff must use special equipment such as forceps or vacuums.

Bone injuries are also common to the skull, arms, and legs. Though sometimes unavoidable, excessive force or other negligent handling of the baby may be to blame.

Symptoms and treatment of bone fracture

The baby might not display evidence of a bone fracture immediately. Several days may pass before noticing anything is amiss. But if the baby consistently cries in pain when held or indicates a lack of movement in a limb, she might be trying to tell you something. Other symptoms include stiffness and bruising to the fracture site.

If the child’s collarbone is fractured, a hard bump in the area might not emerge for several weeks.

A CT scan, MRI, or x-rays may confirm a diagnosis of fracture. Treatment may vary from the use of ice packs to splinting  to surgery to repair the damage, along with physical therapy. While the injury can heal without long-term damage, bone fracture also has the potential to stunt growth and development, and may have long-term impact on the child’s range of motion.

File a bone fracture lawsuit

It can be costly to treat a child who has suffered a bone injury or fracture. If you believe that your child’s bone injury or fracture occurred as a result of the negligence and medical malpractice of the staff you entrusted to deliver your child in a proper manner, don’t allow their mistake to pass without receiving compensation.

The birth injury attorneys at Balkin & Eisbrouch have been litigating birth injury cases for over 40 years.  We are committed to helping families who are victims of substandard medical care. Call us to see if we can help.

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