What Are Some Common Birth Injuries?

November 29, 2019

By Grossman Green PLLC

Expectant parents in Louisville are filled with excitement. Having a baby is one of the highlights of a person’s life. Parents-to-be spend months planning for their upcoming bundle of joy. They decorate the nursery, pick out baby clothes, and dream about how their life will change.

Most of the time, a birth of a child goes as expected, but occasionally a birth injury occurs that changes a family’s life forever.

There are several common birth injuries that can occur which will impact a new baby’s life.

Brain injuries can occur if a baby is deprived of oxygen before or during the delivery or if a baby suffers physical trauma to the head. Head trauma can happen if forceps are used improperly.

Another common birth injury is shoulder dystocia. This injury happens when a baby’s shoulder becomes stuck behind it’s mother’s pubic bone. It can damage the nerves in the baby’s neck and cause problems with the baby’s arm movement. This condition is often referred to as Erb’s palsy.

There are many birth injuries that can occur that can cause permanent damage to a baby. Parents who have a child who has been injured during the birth just want to know what happened. If parents believe the injury was due to a medical provider’s negligence, they may want to speak with a legal professional who is skilled in medical malpractice.

An attorney can review medical records and consult with medical experts to help determine what happened. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, pain and suffering, future medical expenses and other damages.

No one expects their baby will not be born perfect. Unfortunately a birth injury can occur and some of those are caused by a negligent medical provider. In these cases a family has the legal right to hold the medical provider accountable for their mistake.