Common Types of Birth Injuries

Learn about common types of birth injuries, their causes, and how to seek legal help

Birth injuries can have a lasting impact on both the child and the family. Understanding the different types of birth injuries is crucial in recognizing potential cases of medical malpractice. Here we outline the most common types of birth injuries and the factors that may contribute to them.

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is a group of disorders affecting movement, muscle tone, and posture. It is often caused by damage to the brain before, during, or shortly after birth. Common causes include:

  • Lack of oxygen (hypoxia) during delivery
  • Infections during pregnancy
  • Severe jaundice in the newborn

Early signs of cerebral palsy can include developmental delays, abnormal muscle tone, and difficulty with motor skills. For more information on cerebral palsy, visit the CDC’s Cerebral Palsy page.

Brachial Plexus Injuries

Brachial plexus injuries occur when the network of nerves controlling the arm and hand is damaged during birth. This can lead to weakness or paralysis in the affected arm. Causes include:

  • Shoulder dystocia, where the baby’s shoulder gets stuck during delivery
  • Excessive pulling on the baby’s head and neck during delivery

Treatment often involves physical therapy, but severe cases may require surgery.

Fractures

Fractures, particularly of the clavicle (collarbone), are among the most common birth injuries. They can result from:

  • Difficult or prolonged labor
  • Assisted delivery using forceps or vacuum extraction

Most fractures heal well with appropriate care, but it is essential to monitor the healing process.

Brain Damage

Brain damage can occur due to various complications during birth, such as:

  • Lack of oxygen (asphyxia)
  • Traumatic injury from forceps or vacuum extractors

Symptoms may not be immediately apparent but can include developmental delays, seizures, or cognitive impairments. For detailed information on birth-related brain injuries, visit the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).

Factors Contributing to Birth Injuries

Birth injuries can result from several factors, including:

  • Improper use of medical instruments
  • Delayed C-sections
  • Failure to monitor the baby’s oxygen levels

Understanding these factors is crucial in identifying potential medical malpractice. If you suspect that a birth injury was caused by medical negligence, it is essential to seek legal advice immediately.

Seeking Legal Help

If your child has suffered a birth injury, it is vital to contact experienced injury lawyers who can help you navigate the legal process. Ehrlich & Naparstek Personal Injury Lawyers are here to assist you. Contact us 24/7 at (772) 842-8822 (Stuart) or (561) 687-1717 (West Palm Beach and Boynton Beach) to schedule an appointment. Visit our office at 1330 SE Federal Hwy, Stuart, FL 34994.

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Conclusion

Birth injuries can be devastating, but understanding the common types and their causes can help you take the necessary steps to protect your child’s future. If you believe your child has suffered due to medical malpractice, do not hesitate to seek legal help. Explore our Personal Injury Lawyer in Florida page for more information. For our success stories, check our Florida Case Results.

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