Birth injuries are among the most challenging and emotionally difficult personal injury
cases around. Not only can birth injuries create lasting physical impairments
and limitations for children, they can also cause tremendous emotional
and financial burdens for parents and loved ones. Unfortunately, birth
injuries - particularly those caused by negligence - are more common than
most may think.
According to statistics from the National Healthcare Quality Report (AHRQ),
roughly 6 to 8 out of every 1,000 infants born in the U.S. have a birth
injury. Some of the most common birth injuries include:
Brachial Plexus Palsy - Brachial plexus palsy, also known as Erb’s palsy, is a birth injury
that occurs when the nerves of the brachial plexus have been damaged.
These nerves affect control of arm muscles. Brachial plexus palsy can
happen during difficult births and when a newborn’s head, neck,
and shoulder are stretched during delivery.
Cerebral Palsy -
Cerebral palsy, which refers to a number of neurological disorders, is considered one
of the most serious birth injuries. It is caused by a lack of oxygen to
a baby’s brain during birth.
Bone Fractures - Bone fractures are common birth injuries, especially those involving
collarbones and arms. Fractures can be serious matters in newborns, whether
they are caused by medical malpractice or not.
Cephalohematoma - Cephalohematoma refers to bleeding between the skull and the membrane
underneath the skin. In some cases, it can be caused by negligence during
labor and birth, including improper use of forceps or vacuum extractors.
Perinatal Asphyxia - Another birth injury caused by a deprivation of oxygen, perinatal asphyxia
involves a child who has stopped breathing, which can lead to anoxia or hypoxia.
At Shrager, Spivey & Sachs, our award-winning medical malpractice lawyers
have decades of combined experience helping families who has suffered
from the devastating effects of birth injuries and
medical malpractice. If you have questions about any type of birth injury,
contact our firm today for a free and confidential consultation. We’re ready to explain
your rights and how we may be able to help you pursue justice.