In some cases, foot drop palsy can be prevented by members of your child’s health care team. Foot drop palsy, also known as foot drop or drop foot, in newborns can result from a birth injury that caused nerve damage.
Cause of Foot Drop Palsy
Birth injuries are often the result of physical pressure exerted during labor and delivery most often occurring as your baby passes through your birth canal. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, foot drop palsy can result from nerve damage. Birth injuries sustained during a particularly difficult vaginal delivery might have been prevented with an episiotomy or C-section, especially when your baby is larger than average.
Foot drop palsy can also result from a nerve disorder or a brain/spinal cord disorder. A brain and spinal cord disorder that can cause foot drop includes stroke.
How an Episiotomy Can Prevent a Birth Injury
Your physician might recommend an episiotomy. Mayo Clinic defines an episiotomy as an incision made in the tissue between your vaginal opening and anus during delivery if your baby needs to be delivered quickly due to a complication such as a lack of oxygen.
The birth injuries that contribute to foot drop palsy might be prevented with an episiotomy.
How a C-Section Can Prevent a Birth Injury
A C-section is a safer method of delivery for you and your baby than a vaginal delivery if:
- Your labor fails to progress
- Your unborn child is in distress
- Your baby’s heart rate changes
- Your baby is in an abnormal position
- You have a prolapsed umbilical cord
A C-section might be planned prior to delivery or the necessity of a C-section might not become obvious until labor is already underway.
Call A Birth Injury Lawyer Today
If your child’s foot drop palsy could have been prevented, you may be frustrated and confused. This is especially true if you end up footing the bill for your child’s treatment. However, you may find you are entitled to compensation if a member of your healthcare team failed to prevent your baby’s birth injury. When you are ready to get answers to your questions, and medical and financial resolutions for your baby, you want to enlist the help of a birth injury attorney.
If your child has foot drop palsy, they may be facing complications for the rest of their lives. They may need future medical care that can be costly. They deserve the best medical care available—and you deserve to be able to provide it for them. Contact the Birth Injury Lawyers Group at (800) 222-9529 today. We will do everything in our power to get you the compensation you and your baby need for their foot drop palsy.
Birth injury lawyers typically work on a contingency basis which means you pay nothing out of pocket for legal help. Get started today.