What are Some Causes of Birth Injuries?

While every birth is a bit of a roller coaster ride, most little ones arrive in fine condition. If after giving birth, you suspect something is wrong with your newborn, or if you are told something is seriously wrong with your child, you should not be afraid to investigate whether medical malpractice was involved.

Some causes of birth injury

A number of conditions such as the following can lead to a difficult birth. In these situations, a birth injury may occur even when the proper precautions are taken:

  • Breech or other abnormal positioning
  • Premature birth
  • Prolonged labor
  • Oxygen deprivation

What are some common birth injuries that may be actionable?

Minor injuries may resolve soon after birth, but major injuries or conditions such as the following may linger and be due to medical malpractice:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Brachial palsy, which can occur when there is difficulty delivering the shoulder of the baby (shoulder dystocia)
  • Erb’s palsy
  • Klumpke’s palsy
  • A severe swelling of the soft tissues of the scalp that develops as the newborn passes through the birth canal (Caput succedaneum)
  • Broken blood vessels in the eyes of an infant (subconjunctival hemorrhage)
  • Fracture of the clavicle or collarbone

If the fault for a birth injury lies with medical personnel failing to follow accepted practices, you and your family may deserve fair compensation for the injury to your child — including costs of long-term care. If the injury to your child is serious, do not hesitate to reach out to a Baltimore birth injury attorney at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A.. Our attorneys are skilled in handling birth injury lawsuits and know how to gather the evidence that may be needed to prove your malpractice case. Let us help you get the compensation you deserve.