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Types of Birth Injuries

By William Chanfrau, Jr. on June 17, 2015

Holding a newborn babyChanfrau & Chanfrau is proud to be considered one of the premiere personal injury law firms in the Daytona Beach area. Our lawyers fight hard for every client, which is an especially important consideration when it comes to birth injuries. This is a matter that we'd like to explore in more detail right now.

All Birth Injuries Should Be Taken Seriously

An injury to a child during or prior to childbirth can change his or her entire life. There are major health issues that the child may face following an injury at birth, including physical limitations and cognitive and developmental problems.

Because of this, negligent doctors and medical personnel who caused the injury need to be held accountable for their inability to prevent these injuries from occurring and altering the course of a baby's life.

Birth Injuries That Result in Brain Damage

Certain kinds of birth injuries can result in brain damage. The most serious forms of these injuries tend to involve conditions that interrupt the flow of oxygen to the brain. Oxygen deprivation at an early age can result in major developmental problems for a baby.

One of the most well-known brain-related birth injuries is cerebral palsy (CP), which can be the result of oxygen deprivation, infections in the womb, trauma during childbirth, and infections following birth.

Birth Injuries That Result in Muscle and Nerve Damage

A baby might sustain various kinds of physical injuries during childbirth, such as when the child exits the birth canal. Repositioning of the child for childbirth process can also lead to muscle and tissue damage if a doctor is not careful.

Some common forms of muscle and nerve related birth injuries include the following:

  • Brachial plexus injury
  • Erb's palsy
  • Klumpke's palsy
  • Shoulder dystocia

In addition, forceps and other instruments used during childbirth can result in cuts, disfigurement, or even nerve damage to the baby.

Birth Injuries That Are the Result of Infections or Conditions During or After Pregnancy

Sometimes the issue isn't the childbirth process itself but rather the prenatal care a woman receives. A mother may be suffering from a health condition of some kind that puts their child at risk, and her doctor may miss the diagnosis of this condition. This is very important to consider when it comes to serious infections and the effects those might have on a developing child.

In addition, infections and other kinds of illnesses may befall a newborn just after childbirth if they are not properly cared for and monitored in the hospital. There are some cases in which a hospital's linens or blankets have caused infections in newborns, for instance.

How an Attorney Can Help You

We know how difficult it can be to raise a child who has so many challenges ahead. Our attorneys will fight diligently on your behalf to ensure that you and your child receive just damages to address the current and coming hardships. Our goal is to ensure that justice is served and that the negligent medical professionals are held accountable for their actions.

Learn More About Your Rights in Personal Injury Cases

For more information about birth injury cases and how an attorney can help you in your time of legal need, be sure to contact our personal injury law firm today. The attorneys of Chanfrau & Chanfrau look forward to your visit and helping you in your time of legal need.

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