In general, a birth injury is the result of a trauma that occurs during the birth process. Some of the most common birth injuries include cerebral palsy, Erb's Palsy and even brain damage. Sometimes, these injuries are unavoidable but in other cases, they occur due to doctor or hospital staff error, or negligence.
Unfortunately, even a low-risk pregnancy can result in an injury to your baby. Furthermore, no matter your level of income, genetics or the prenatal care plan you follow, your child could still be at risk of a birth injury. But, by understanding the common types of birth injuries and their causes, you can be prepared to make the right decisions for you and your child.
Common birth injuries
As mentioned above, cerebral palsy, Erb's palsy and brain injuries are some of the most common types of birth injuries. Two other common injuries that babies can suffer during the birth process are spinal injuries and broken bones.
Many birth injuries, such as cerebral palsy, result from brain damage. Typically, a lack of oxygen can cause brain damage. In turn, the brain damage can cause your child to have problems with muscle control. In some cases, the damage can be so severe that the victim may never be able to walk or easily perform basic daily functions.
Every hour, three babies are born with some kind of birth injury. Those who suffer from mild birth injuries can often recover in just a few days or even hours. For those unlucky enough to suffer from more severe injuries, there can be lifelong effects.
A birth injury can result from trauma that the mother suffers prior to giving birth, such as from a car accident. Sometimes, injury can result from the improper use of birthing tools like forceps or a birth vacuum. When a birth injury occurs because of someone else's negligence, for example, the delivery doctor or other hospital staff, it is important to remember that you have options. You might be able to file a claim for compensation to ensure your child receives the long-term care he or she needs after a traumatic birth injury.