Birth injuries can be naturally occurring or the result of an accident, negligence or intentional misconduct. They affect not only the infant child who may be suffering from them but also the parents who have to live with what has happened to their child.
Birth injuries range significantly from those that cause lifelong disabilities to those that cause temporary discomfort. Some common birth injuries include:
- Brachial palsy
- Bruising or marks from forceps
- Caput succedaneum (swelling of the soft tissue on the infant’s scalp)
- Facial paralysis
- Fractures of the collarbone or clavicle
- Subconjunctival hemorrhage (broken blood vessels in the eyes)
In many cases, the injuries that infants suffer during birth will resolve on their own or with treatment. Sometimes, though, permanent damage has already been done.
For example, taking certain medications during pregnancy may increase the risk of birth defects, giving birth prematurely or giving birth to a stillborn baby.
What should you do if your child has suffered an injury due to negligence or errors?
Problems in medical care or delivery as a result of being unable to find an obstetrician in time for the birth, not scheduling a C-section quickly enough or other issues can result in lifelong damage to a child who is just entering the world. It is not fair for a newborn to suffer from anoxia (a lack of oxygen) or other injuries due to improper monitoring or other errors. Your attorney will talk to you about the case to see if anything could have been done to prevent the injuries. If so, you may have a case for seeking compensation.