Understanding The Basics Of Birth Injuries

If you or your child has suffered an injury during childbirth, it can be devastating. However, you are not alone. Approximately seven out of every 1,000 births result in injury and nearly half are potentially avoidable. Knowing some basic facts about birth injuries can put your mind at ease and help you as you evaluate your next move.

Q. What Causes Birth Injuries?

A: There are a few common factors that seem to contribute to the occurrence of injuries during the birthing process. These include:

  • Delays in ordering a cesarean section
  • Improper use of instruments such as forceps and vacuums during delivery
  • Failure to respond to complications such as a large baby or a shift in the baby's positioning
  • Failure to spot signs of fetal distress

Some of these situations may be the result of doctors and nurses either being improperly trained or failing to recognize warning signs.

Q. What Are Some Common Examples Of Birth Injuries?

A: While birth injuries can vary, there are some that occur more often than others:

  • Palsies such as cerebral palsy and Erb's palsy
  • Shoulder dystocia and broken bones
  • Aspiration of meconium
  • Brain injuries due to the use of extracting tools
  • Asphyxiation from the cord being wrapped around the baby's neck
  • Paralysis

Babies are not the only ones who can be injured during the birthing process. Injuries to the mother can also occur and can be dangerous or even fatal.

Q. Will I Know Right Away If My Baby Is OK?

A: While some injuries are immediately obvious following birth, others may not manifest for weeks or months after your baby is born. If your child experiences seizures, muscle problems or other developmental delays, it may be the result of circumstances that occurred during his or her birth.

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Our attorneys at Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo have been helping victims of medical malpractice for over 30 years and understand what you are going through. Our offices are conveniently located in Bethlehem, Allentown and Whitehall. To schedule a free initial consultation with one of our compassionate attorneys, please call 888-854-6895 or submit an inquiry online.