When complications arise during labor or delivery, they are
known as 'birth injuries' or 'birth trauma.' These injuries
can range from mild to severe. Birth injuries occur
in 27 out of every 1,000 live births, and are most commonly
associated with operative deliveries, rather than spontaneous
A primary cause of birth injury is oxygen deprivation, which
normally occurs when the umbilical cord is twisted during
delivery. Mechanical trauma can also result in injury.
This occurs when the baby is either too large to pass through
the birth canal easily, or when the baby leaves the birth
canal in an abnormal position, e.g. buttocks first rather
than head first.
The most common types of birth injuries are:
- Brain Damage
- Temporary Paralysis
- Cerebral Palsy
- Erb's Palsy
- Klumpke's Palsy
- Fractured Collar Bone
- Brachial Plexus Palsy
Many birth injuries can be directly attributed to mistakes
made by doctors or other hospital personnel during the delivery
process. These mistakes may include using excessive
force during delivery, delay in performing a C-section, inaccurate
assessment of the baby's size, and many more.
There is nothing more precious than the birth of a child.
When a terrible tragedy such as birth injury occurs, the effects
on the family can be devastating, both emotionally and monetarily.
In addition to the psychological damage that may ensue, medical
costs can be overwhelming. We understand, and
we want to help.
If you or someone you care about has a child who has suffered
birth injury due to medical negligence or malpractice, it
may be possible to obtain a cash award. Fill out our questionnaire
to obtain a free consultation and find out what your case is worth.
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