The chances of a problem during a normal childbirth have fortunately dropped with each decade in the United States. Although new parents can breathe easier to know that excellent care and technology await in the delivery room, some hazards still exist and hospitals or caretakers may be responsible for some of them.
What are the most likely head injuries that occur during birth?
Scratching or bruising of the head is not particularly rare while also not very serious. Some minor blood pools in or around the head may also heal without further consequence. Blood clotting, bone fractures and oxygen deprivation are the most dangerous head injuries that may occur during an otherwise normal birth.
How do people recognize blood clots and other cranial birth injuries?
It is often difficult to see or feel bleeding within the head. Many clots in the lining of the brain may manifest as difficulty breathing, seizures and lethargic appearance. Large hemorrhages are the most dangerous, while many small ones may disappear with a short period of time.
What other injuries are relatively common among birth injuries?
Nerve injuries may occur and may last more than a few days. These problems may be evidenced by an asymmetrical facial expression, weakness in the extremities, problems breathing or a partial or total paralysis.
What should parents do after a birth injury?
A child’s health is always the first priority. Once a child has stabilized, it may be worth consulting an attorney about the possibility of financial damages. A settlement or court verdict may supply funds required for a child’s recovery or adaptation to a different life.