Birth Injury

The birth of a child is a momentous occasion, and with the advent of modern medicine, the prevention of disease and the percentage of infant survival rates are very good. Occasionally, however, a baby suffers an injury during birth.

Common birth injuries:

  • Shoulder dystocia
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Ataxic Cerebral Palsy
  • Athetoid Cerebral Palsy
  • Erbs Palsy

Birth injury causes: Many factors can contribute to a birth injury. A difficult birth has a much higher risk for complications, and a medical error can create or worsen a birth injury.

Difficult birth examples:

  • Large babies (babies weighing more than 8 pounds, 13 ounces)
  • Premature babies (babies born early or before term)
  • Mother's pelvis size/shape is unsuitable for vaginal birth (medically called "Cephalopelvic Disproportion"), common among mothers with narrow hips
  • Prolonged or difficult labor
  • Abnormal birthing position, such as breech delivery when the baby's feet or buttocks are positioned to exit the birth canal first

Medical negligence examples:

  • Failing to anticipate birth complications
  • Failing to respond appropriately to bleeding
  • Failing to observe or respond to umbilical cord entrapment around the baby's neck
  • Failing to respond to fetal distress (including irregularities in the baby's heartbeat)
  • Delay in ordering a cesarean section when medically necessary
  • Misuse of forceps or a vacuum extractor
  • Inappropriate use of certain medications

Where To Turn For Help

Having a child who has endured a birth injury can be a devastating experience. If you believe your child might have been a victim of a birth injury due to medical negligence, please contact us.