When a child is injured during birth, parents have a lot of questions that deserve to be answered. One of the first steps toward determining how to proceed with a birth injury lawsuit is getting the birth injury appropriately diagnosed. A number of medical tests exist to diagnose birth injuries. Some injuries may be diagnosed immediately following birth, while others may not become apparent until children miss major milestones such as sitting, walking, or talking. Determining whether a birth injury has occurred typically begins with an initial assessment.
Using Apgar Score to Assess Newborn Health
Created in 1952 by Dr. Virginia Apgar, this method is used to quickly check the vital signs of a newborn baby:
Apgar scores below three are considered critically low; scores from four to six are below normal; and scores of seven or above are considered normal. Babies with low Apgar scores usually require medical intervention. Low Apgar scores may be attributed to birth injuries, including C-section errors or delays, head injuries, and errors in fetal monitoring. Determining a baby’s Apgar score may provide initial insight into whether a birth injury has occurred.
Further Testing to Diagnose Birth Injuries
If an infant’s initial evaluation shows a need for immediate medical intervention, or if a baby is not growing or developing normally due to a birth injury, further tests may be needed to determine the exact nature of the birth injury that has occurred.
Consult an Experienced Birth Injury Attorney
If your child and your family have suffered following an injury during childbirth, you need the support and expertise of an experienced birth injury attorney. If you believe the medical staff was negligent in providing you with care during your delivery, resulting in injuries to your infant, do not hesitate to contact us today for an initial consultation. We can help you determine how to proceed and get the compensation you and your family deserve.