Common Types of Birth Injury

Birth injuries occur during the labor and delivery process, and often result from medical malpractice. There are several different types of birth injuries, and they manifest in different ways. Some are immediately apparent while others may take months or years or present themselves. Get the facts on the most common birth injuries and what to do if your child suffered one.

Brain-Related Injuries

Brain-related birth injuries often occur due to oxygen deprivation. When the infant’s brain is deprived of oxygen for too long, it can result in the following birth injuries:

  • Cerebral palsy

  • Anoxia and hypoxia

  • Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)

  • Brain hemorrhage

Cerebral palsy (CP) is the leading brain-related birth injury, and has severe effects on a child’s health and mobility. CP affects around 800,000 children, with 8,000-10,000 new cases diagnosed each year. CP causes motor deficiency and leads to either partial or complete muscle paralysis. Sadly, most cases of CP could have been prevented had the medical practitioner responded appropriately in the delivery room.

Muscle-Related Injuries

Muscle-related injuries typically happen due to more blatant medical malpractice, including broken bones, bruises, or lacerations. Common muscle-related birth injuries include the following:

  • Brachial plexus

  • Erb’s palsy

  • Shoulder dystocia

Muscle-related birth injuries may damage a child’s extremities and nerves, leading to weakness, loss of feeling, or inability to use muscles in the affected limb.

Did Your Child Suffer a Birth Injury? We’re Here to Help

If your child suffered a birth injury due to medical malpractice, you’re not alone. Sadly, 28,000 babies are born with a birth injury per year in the United States. You and your child should not have to pay for your medical practitioner’s negligence. At Dolt, Thompson, Shepherd & Conway, we can help you recover the compensation you need to cover the medical expenses your child will now need.

Contact us today at (502) 242-8872 to learn how we can help you.