What Are the Most Common Types of Birth Injuries?
Birth injuries or birth trauma can affect nearly any part of an infant’s body and may result in lifelong disabilities or developmental delays. The following is a list of some of the most common birth injuries, but by no means is exhaustive:
– According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
, Cerebral Palsy “is the most common motor disability in childhood.” It generally affects a person’s movement, including their ability to walk. Causes of Cerebral Palsy (CP) include “abnormal brain development or damage to the developing brain that affects a person’s ability to control his or her muscles.”
Brachial Plexus Injuries
– The brachial plexus is comprised of a “network of nerves between the neck and shoulders.” Damage to these nerves can result in loss of muscle function or paralysis. Boston Children’s Hospital
estimates that “about one to three out of every 1,000 births” results in an injury to the brachial plexus nerves.
Head Injuries –
Birth trauma affecting the head can be devastating. It may result in a skull fracture, swelling or bruising, cephalohematoma
(accumulation of blood under the scalp), or a newborn subgaleal hemorrhage
Bleeding in and around the brain –
Hemorrhages resulting from a traumatic delivery are common in infants, one of the most serious is an Intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH)
. IVH is divided into four grades, with the most serious having the potential for long-term brain damage.
– Birth asphyxia
occurs when there is a “lack of oxygen and blood flow to the brain.” In some cases, a lack of oxygen or blood flow to the brain can result in an injury known as Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)
, which can result in permanent disabilities.
What Causes Birth Injuries?
Common causes of birth injuries can include:
- Premature birth
- Low birth weight
- Delayed birth
- Poor prenatal care
- Failure to recognize fetal distress
- Failure to order Cesarean Section
- Prolonged labor and delivery
- Use of unnecessary force during delivery
- Cephalopelvic disproportion
- Breech presentation
Our Attorneys Are Here to Help Birth Injury Victims and Their Families
If your child suffered a birth injury as the result of someone else’s negligence, you deserve justice. Our White Plains birth injury attorneys will fight hard on behalf of your infant to get you the maximum compensation available in your case.
You need a skilled litigator by your side to walk you through the legal process and get you the recovery you deserve. Birth injury victims may be entitled to significant damages. While no amount of money can make up for your loss, our lawyers will not rest until the negligent parties are held liable.
Contact Injured 914 today at (914) 368-7168 for a free consultation.