Goodman Acker recently settled a birth injury suit against a Michigan hospital for a newborn girl whose face was cut above the eye during a Caesarean (C-section) procedure. The baby girl had to be treated by a plastic surgeon right at birth, and now has permanent scarring above her eyebrow.
The OB/GYN who performed the surgery was aware that the baby was face up before the surgery started. We were able to settle the lawsuit against the hospital for all medical bills associated with the cut, as well as pain and suffering damages.
Cuts that occur during delivery are called fetal lacerations. Fetal lacerations typically occur during a C-section procedure and are often a result of improper use of birth assisting tools, such as a scalpel or other sharp instruments used to deliver the baby. Most of these injuries occur to the infant’s ears, face and head.
Not all lacerations are deep. Some are minor and easily treatable, while others like our most recent case are deep, require stitches and reconstructive surgery. If a cut does happen to the ears, face, or head it can sometimes cause long-term complications especially with lacerations to nerves controlling senses or mobility. Physical therapy and specialist are sometimes needed for tendon injuries.
It is important to understand that if your child’s birth injuries are a result of medical negligence and carelessness of the providing physician, medical staff or hospital, they may be able to be held accountable for damages. We have experienced attorneys knowledgeable in handling these types of claims and offer free, no-obligation consultation. We will be able to answer all of your questions and determine if your baby’s injuries are a result of medical negligence. Contact us and we can help.