What Your New York Birth Injury Lawyer Wants You to Know about Newborn Clavicle Fractures

Delivery rooms are exciting places, but they can also be tense places. Some deliveries are difficult. Doctors must act quickly, for example, when a baby gets stuck in the birth canal. Often, in that situation the doctor must use force, forceps or a vacuum to deliver the baby quickly and minimize oxygen deprivation and prevent birth injuries. Sometimes, however, another complication can arise in these types of births, and the baby's clavicle, or collarbone, may be fractured or broken.

Newborn Clavicle Fracture Prognosis

For most newborns who suffer a clavicle fracture at birth, the prognosis is good if a proper diagnosis is made and efforts are taken to be cognizant of the problem or to immobilize the arm. However, if a proper diagnosis is not made then the child may suffer ongoing medical problems related to the injury.

Symptoms of a Clavicle Fracture

In order to make a proper diagnosis it is important to understand the potential symptoms of a newborn clavicle fracture so that you can discuss your concerns with your child's physician. If you notice any of the following, please be sure to consult a doctor as soon as possible:
  • Your child crying out in pain when you pick the child up under the arms
  • Your child refusing to move one arm
  • A fracture or break that you can feel with your fingers
  • A hard lump developing in the clavicle area

When to Contact a New York Birth Injury Attorney 

If your child's clavicle fracture diagnosis was delayed or your child's condition does not seem to be improving then it is important to contact a New York birth injury attorney. An experienced New York birth injury lawyer at The Pagan Law Firm will review your child's case and advise you of your legal rights. If a birth injury has occurred because of medical negligence then our lawyers will fight hard for your child's just recovery. Please call us today at 1-800-PAGAN-911 to learn more.

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