Complications during the process of labor and delivery can result in various types of injuries for a newborn baby. These injuries, commonly known as birth injuries, can be mild, severe, or fatal in various cases.
One of the most common causes is oxygen deprivation, which commonly takes place if the umbilical cord gets compressed or twisted during the birth process. The other major cause is mechanical trauma, which can take place when the unborn baby occupies an unusual position during the birth process or if the baby is too large to pass through birth canal easily.
There are several birth related injuries which are caused by medical malpractice of medical staff or hospitals during delivery process. Birth injuries can also take place if excessive force is applied during the delivery of a child or there was some sort of delay in performing C-section delivery. Birth injuries can also take place if the medical team fails to properly anticipate the size and position of a child, and thus causing a disordered delivery.
Birth injuries mostly result from operative deliveries, rather than spontaneous deliveries. There are estimated 27 birth injury cases out of every 1,000 live births.
Some of the common birth injuries are: Temporary Paralysis, Brain Damage, Cerebral Palsy, Erb’s Palsy, Klumpke’s Palsy, Brachial Plexus Palsy, and Fractured Collar Bone,.
Among these birth injuries the most serious injuries are those which affect the brain of a newborn child. These injuries are usually caused by lack of oxygen or bleeding which could take place within the skull or brain. Mental retardation of the child is one of the common injuries associated with Erbs Palsy. Some children who are suffering from Erbs Palsy may also experience seizure disorders. Other than these causes, the prescription medicines can often result in birth related injuries.
If your child has been a victim of Erbs Palsy or any other types of birth injuries then you must get in touch with your personal injury lawyer who will help you receive justice and compensation from the negligent medical authorities.