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A Look at Common Surgeries for Birth Injuries

April 28, 2016 R

When a child has been diagnosed with birth injuries, which may have been caused by medical malpractice, surgery may be indicated. It can be very difficult for parents to come to terms with a child so young undergoing surgery, but these procedures may be medically necessary. One type of birth injury that may occur because of medical negligence is a brachial plexus injury. This involves damage to the bundle of nerves located in the shoulder and down the arm. Brachial plexus injuries can result in paralysis, muscle weakness, and loss of sensation in the affected arm. If the child shows no signs of improvement, parents may be advised to consider nerve graft surgery. Nerve graft surgery is usually done at an early age to be effective.

In some cases, surgery may be required for infants who sustain severe head trauma during labor and delivery. Surgery can address hydrocephalus and brain hemorrhaging. The surgeon may need to perform surgical craniotomy drainage, surgical decompression, or shunting.

Medical negligence is truly heartbreaking when it affects the youngest of patients. If your child underwent surgery because of possible medical malpractice by doctors in Long Island, New York, you can contact the law offices of Pegalis Law Group, LLC at (516) 684-2900.