Common Birth Injuries

When your child born, it can be the happiest time of your life. Unfortunately, sometimes there are complications during the birthing process that result in injuries. If the doctor was acting recklessly during the birthing process and caused the injury, you may be entitled to compensation. If your child suffered a birth injury, contact a medical malpractice attorney. Eisner Law Firm has years of experience trying birth injury cases. We will bring in a team of experts to go through your case with a fine tooth comb in an effort to prove your side of the story.

Most Common Birth Injuries

Brachial Plexus Injuries (BPI) – Brachial Plexus injury refers to an injury that damages the group of nerves that are at the top of your spine and the base of your neck. These types of injuries range from mild and temporary paralysis to severe and permanent paralysis. This injury affects the neck, shoulder, arm. and hand.

Bone Fractures – Bone fractures are less serious than a BPI, but can still bring your child unnecessary pain and suffering. The most common bone fracture that occurs during birth is a fracture of the clavicle (collarbone).

Cephalohematoma – This is one of the least severe birth injuries. A cephalohematoma is a small blood cluster just below the skull bone.

Perinatal Asphyxia – This injury occurs when the newborn does not receive the proper amount of oxygen, causing a low oxygen level in the newborn’s blood flow. The side effects of this injury are heavy breathing, seizures, a coma, or shock. The severity of the injury depends on how long the newborn went with a low level of oxygen in their blood system.

Facial Paralysis – Paralysis of the face can be temporary or permanent. If the injury is temporary, it will heal over time without medication. The leading symptom of this birth injury is a lack of control over facial muscles.

Spinal Cord Injuries – Spinal cord injuries are the most severe birth injuries. They are caused when the cord is damaged or there is a meningeal tear. Spinal cord injuries often result in paralysis and other neurological problems.

Cerebral Palsy – Every two or three in 1,000 children is born with cerebral palsy. The leading characteristics of this injury weak muscles, a lack of development with motor skills, and muscle spasms. There is no cure for cerebral palsy.