Congenital Issues in a Newborn Baby Following a Car Accident
I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Car Accident Lawyer. Expectant parents have likely been asked whether they want a boy or a girl. However, most parents just want a child who is healthy. Unfortunately, some babies are born with congenital issues that need to be addressed. While some problems are genetic and cannot be avoided, others are developments that can be preventable.
When a woman finds out she’s pregnant, she visits an OB/GYN provider regularly to see if the pregnancy is progressing normally. While most babies do just fine, some issues can be diagnosed before the baby is born. Some babies have congenital problems that impact the development of their brain, such as the Zika virus that has been discussed at length in recent years. Some infants could have something called Caudal Regression Syndrome, which impacts the development of their lower limbs, including their femur. It is also possible for a child to have genetic issues that affect the function of their liver and its ability to clean the blood properly. While these are examples of congenital problems that could not be avoided, there are issues that a baby could have shortly after birth that can be avoided. Examples include some birth injuries, such as clavicle fractures, which could happen as a result of tools used during the birthing process. A clavicle fracture could also lead to damage to the brachial plexus resulting in chronic problems in the upper body. Sometimes, external forces that act on the uterus during pregnancy can lead to congenital issues as well.