Newborn clavicle fracture lawsuits in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia

One of the most common injuries newborn babies can suffer during their delivery is a fracture to their clavicle (collarbone). Fractures to a newborn’s collarbone may occur during a strenuous childbirth. As the child exits the birth canal, his or her shoulders may become stuck on the mother’s pubic bone, requiring force to be freed. If the doctor uses too much force with their hands or forceps, a fracture may occur.

A severely injured collarbone may have lasting impacts on a child’s development. A misdiagnosed clavicle fracture may lead to:

  • Long term numbness
  • Pain
  • Sensitivity
  • Nerve damage
  • Decreased motor functions
  • Limited mobility in the affected arm

Complications may result in the child needing surgeries to repair the damage. Unfortunately, misdiagnosis occurs far too often and many children are left with permanent injuries.

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Symptoms of a broken collarbone in newborn babies

If you notice symptoms such as your child holding one of their arms against their body or refusing to move the arm, it may be a sign your child is suffering with a broken collarbone. Other symptoms of a broken clavicle include the child showing pain if picked up under the arms or a hard lump forming where the bone is healing.

A child suffering with a broken clavicle may need to have the arm immobilized to prevent the discomfort. While the fracture may eventually heal on its own, a misdiagnosed fracture in a newborn’s clavicle may lead to severe consequences. Severe complications may prevent your child from living a normal childhood or affect their ability to earn a living into adulthood.

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