In the United States, 27 out of every 1000 babies suffer some sort of injury at birth. A “birth injury” is defined as any type of damage to an infant’s body before, during or just after birth. Sadly, birth injuries are often preventable and result from medical staff negligence or malpractice. Birth injuries that are typically associated with medical mistakes or malpractice include:

  • Skin irritations
  • Temporary paralysis
  • Fractured collar bone
  • Fractured arm
  • Erb’s (Brachial) Palsy
  • Temporary facial paralysis
  • Klumpke’s Palsy
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Caput Succedaneum
  • Cephalohematoma
  • Brain damage

Brain Injuries at BirthBrain injuries are the most serious form of birth injuries and are typically caused by oxygen deprivation or bleeding within the skull or brain. Brain injuries at birth can cause various medical problems, including permanent brain damage, disabilities, or even death. In addition, permanent brain injuries that occur before, during, or shortly after birth are believed to be the cause of cerebral palsy.

Cerebral palsy is characterized by a lack of muscle control and movement. While the cause of cerebral palsy is not known for certain, there is evidence linking it to birth injuries or accidents causing brain damage. The diagnosis of cerebral palsy is often made immediately after birth; however, it can also be made later in childhood.

Although some brain injuries at birth are unavoidable, brain damage and brain injuries are often caused by mistakes made by doctors, hospitals or other medical professionals during the delivery process. For example, brain injuries can result from an unwarranted delay in performing a necessary C-section delivery. In addition, brain injuries can result from complications with a VBAC (vaginal birth after C-Section) delivery, such as uterine rupture, use of excessive force during the delivery, or a miscalculation in the size of the baby, causing a traumatic delivery.

Birth Injury LawyersOur experienced birth injury lawyers should be consulted if your infant has suffered a birth injury, such as brain damage, and you suspect the injury was caused by medical negligence.

Our experienced birth injury attorneys can answer your legal questions and inform you of your legal rights and options. In addition, our attorneys can help you seek compensation for your child’s injuries. For example, you may be entitled to compensation for:

  • Medical bills
  • Future medical care costs
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of income 

Contact Our Experienced Lawyers Today!If your baby suffered injuries at birth, such as brain damage, contact our lawyers today as you may be entitled to compensation for your baby’s injuries.

Published November 17, 2011 by