Most Common Birth Injuries

The birth of a child is an exciting event in the life of a parent. Unfortunately, injuries can happen. As a parent, you need to have the knowledge to identify these potential injuries to your child so that you can take legal action if appropriate.

birth injuriesSome of the most common birth injuries are:

Caput succedaneum
Clavicle fracture
Brachial Palsy injuries
Facial paralysis
Brain injuries

How Do These Injuries Occur? 
Caput succedaneum is often caused when a vacuum extraction tool is used improperly by a medical professional. As a result, the child has swelling in his or her scalp for several days. A clavicle fracture can occur when a doctor pulls on a baby too hard during the delivery. If your child has this type of fracture then he or she will not be able to move one of their arms.

Cephalohematoma happens when a baby has bleeding under one of their cranial bones. When a doctor uses birth assisting tools the wrong way this can occur. Facial paralysis can happen when a baby’s face has a lot of pressure exerted on it. This can damage the nerves in the child’s face. Generally, a vacuum extraction tool or forceps is not used properly by a doctor and in turn you may see that your child cannot close its eyes.

Brain injuries occur when a baby’s brain is deprived of oxygen for too long. If a child stays in the birth canal too long then injuries become more likely. Ineffective monitoring during delivery can lead to this issue. Brachial palsy injuries when a doctor pulls on an infant incorrectly. As a result, the nerves in the hands and arms are injured.

What Should I Do if I Think My Child Has a Birth Injury? 
Medical malpractice attorneys can help you if your child has a birth injury. Proper documentation of your child’s injury is vital to ensure a favorable outcome. Representatives from Alonso Krangle LLP can meet with you for a legal consultation and give you a brief overview of the steps involved to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against the physician that is responsible for your child’s birth injury.

Medical malpractice lawyers will help you investigate the events that led to the injury by reviewing your child’s medical records and by getting statements from the medical staff who were caring for your child.

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