Clavicle, or collarbone fractures are the most common infant fracture that can occur during labor and delivery. It frequently occurs when there is a breech delivery or there is difficulty delivering the baby’s shoulders. Although there is rarely a noticeable deformity, a clavicle fracture is usually evidenced by lack of movement of the arm on the side of the body with the fracture or pain when the newborn is picked up or carried.
The Chicago area birth injuries attorneys at Ankin Law Offices can help you determine whether your child’s bone fractures were the result of medical malpractice.
Tests such as bone tomography, magnetic resonance imaging scans and x-rays may be used to confirm a diagnosis of infant fracture. A clavicle fracture is usually treated by immobilizing the arm for a few weeks and allowing the injury to heal. There is a risk that during the healing process, however, that when new bone forms, a firm lump will develop on the clavicle.
Another fracture that can occur during labor and delivery, but is much less common, is a femur (thigh bone) fracture. This type of fracture typically occurs when the leg is twisted during delivery. A femur fracture is usually evidenced by pain when a child is moved or has his or her diaper changed. If a newborn suffers from a femur fracture, he or she will use a Pavlik harness for a few weeks to allow the bone to heal.
If your child suffered a fractured bone during the birthing process, you may have a claim for medical malpractice. Contact Ankin Law Offices today and one of our experienced personal injury attorneys will help you determine your legal rights and remedies.