Neonatology medical experts are pediatricians who specialize in the treatment of newborns and infants. They typically work in hospital neonatal intensive care units and treat premature and high risk infants. Lawfirmnewswire.com writes that “Failure to prevent medical errors during labor or delivery can cause serious harm to the infant…Newborns can face the risk of birth injuries due to the negligence of medical personnel.” When allegations of medical negligence arise, neonatology experts join the litigation team to evaluate the standard of care. One of the most serious birth injuries is cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy occurs due to brain damage before birth or during the delivery process. This medical condition commonly requires lifetime care.
Personal injury lawyers at Chalic & Chalik Law Offices explain:
Erb’s palsy (Brachial Plexus Birth Palsy) is caused by a nerve injury. In a difficult delivery, there can be an injury to the brachial nerves if the baby’s neck and head are pulled to the side when the shoulders leave the birth canal. In addition, excessive pulling on the shoulders while the baby exits the birth canal head first can cause a brachial nerve injury.
Neonatologists are certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in both pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal medicine. The typical patient of the neonatologist is an ill newborn requiring complex and specialized care. If there is a poor medical outcome following birth and birth trauma, neonatology expert witnesses are qualified to consult and testify in litigation alleging medical negligence.