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Common Birth Injuries and When to Get a Lawyer

Common Birth Injuries

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), significant birth injuries include soft tissue/solid organ hemorrhage, skeletal fractures, and peripheral nerve damage. Any of these types of injuries can range from mild and temporary to severe and permanent.

One of the most common types of birth injury involves damage to the nerve bundle which originates in the upper spine and supplies nerve function to the hand, arm, shoulder, and neck. These are called brachial plexus injuries, and approximately 10% of them result in permanent disability.

Injuries Caused by a Complicated or Difficult Delivery

Broken bones in newborns (most commonly the clavicle, or collar bone) are often the result of a complicated or difficult delivery. If the break is severe, immobilization might be necessary to treat it; otherwise it will heal on its own

A cephalohematoma, a collection of blood below the covering of a portion of the skull bone, may occur after delivery. This poses no danger to the baby and will clear up without any treatment. A caput succedaneum also appears on the skull and presents as a swelling of the scalp or a portion of the scalp. It may appear bruised and is usually caused by excessive pressure during the delivery. As is the case with most birth injuries, a caput succedaneum is not life-threatening and usually heals on its own.

Other Birth Injuries

When the newborn does not receive sufficient amounts of oxygen, a condition called perinatal asphyxia may occur. The cause is usually oxygen deficiency in the blood or insufficient blood flow. The condition can cause a pale complexion, labored breathing, seizures, shock, or coma. The symptoms may clear up completely, or the child could be left with permanent neurologic damage.

Spinal cord injuries may be caused by nerve/cord damage or meningeal tearing. These types of injuries can also occur when forceps are used during delivery. Often causing paralysis and permanent neurologic damage, these types of injuries are often more severe than most birth injuries.

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is caused by a variety of conditions that occur during pregnancy, labor, and delivery. Approximately 2-3 children out of every 1,000 have cerebral palsy. The condition is characterized by weak muscles, muscle spasms, and lack of motor skill development.

When to Contact Experienced Elgin Injury Lawyers

When the birth of a new baby is overshadowed by the devastating reality that your precious child has suffered an injury, you may not know where to turn. That being said, if the injury is very minor and resolves on its own, there is no reason to contact a lawyer. Conversely, if the injury is serious or life-altering, it is not only your right, but your duty as a parent, to reach out to a knowledgeable legal expert.

Shea Law Group

If your precious baby has suffered a birth injury due to the negligence or carelessness of a member of your medical care team, you may have a right to collect compensation. The best way to fully understand your legal rights in this type of situation is to speak with an experienced Elgin injury lawyer from Shea Law Group. Our dedicated attorneys understand what you are going through and are here to help. Reach out to us at Shea Law Group today by calling (877)-365-0040 or by filling out a contact form online.