Spinal cord birth injury
Raising a child with a spinal cord birth injury can be expensive. Medical costs and the extra care they might need to maintain their daily life can add up quickly. The extra pressures on your family can be exhausting. Perhaps down the road you will need to consider purchasing a wheelchair for your child. With the average cost of a power wheelchair at $10- 15,000, source, it is important to understand your child's rights to compensation from a malpractice birth injury in Vancouver, BC.
How does a spinal cord birth injury happen?
Excessive traction or rotation during delivery can result in serious spinal cord injuries to infants. The use of mechanical devices such as forceps or vacuums can increase the risk of these types of injuries. Other risk factors include breech deliveries, infants with high birth-weights, and abnormal or excessive traction during delivery. These risks can be diminished by an appropriately timed cesarean delivery.
Cases where the upper cervical cord or lower brain stem suffered injury can result in still-birth or neonatal death if adequate respiratory function is not established.
According to some studies, nearly half of all birth traumas are avoidable. Proper recognition and anticipation can greatly reduce the risk of a child suffering a permanent injury or death.
If you suspect that your baby suffered from a spinal cord birth injury we are willing to hear your story. We know you will have questions about your baby's spinal cord birth injury and maybe you are looking for compensation to cover the medical or emotional costs of this devastating event or just answers. Contact a Vancouver birth injury lawyer now.