What is a Birth Injury?

A birth injury is a brain or physical injury to an infant that occurs during the delivery process. Common birth injuries include cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy, prenatal stroke, and brain damage. Too often preventable birth injuries are caused by medical malpractice.

Cerebral palsy is caused by an injury to the brain and in many cases is the result of medical mistakes during the delivery process. Erb’s palsy is a condition involving damaged nerves adjacent to the shoulders which control movement to the arms and hands. Prenatal stroke and brain damage are also common birth injuries that can result from fetal distress during labor and delivery.

What Causes Birth Injuries?

Birth injuries are commonly caused by medical malpractice. Examples of mistakes by medical personnel that can cause a birth injury include delaying or failing to recognize the need for a cesarean section, failing to detect an umbilical cord wrapped around the baby’s neck, or failing to attach enough significance to signs and symptoms of fetal distress. Additional examples include failing to refer a woman with a high-risk pregnancy to a specialist, failing to take appropriate steps to avoid premature delivery, such as performing a cerclage, or failure to act appropriately upon signs of oxygen deprivation to the baby.

If your child is suffering from what appears to be a birth defect or birth injury you may be trying to understand what went wrong and what you can do to help your child.

The Med Law team has extensive experience in handling medical malpractice claims. Our seasoned attorneys have over 75 years of combined experience and have obtained many multi-million-dollar recoveries on behalf of injured patients. We have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars from doctors and health care providers on behalf of our injured clients and have successfully fought to ensure that families of infants with birth injuries have the ability to care for their injured child over the course of their lifetime.

If you or a loved one believes their child was injured during birth as a result of medical malpractice and you want the facts of your case investigated, you should contact the Med Law team at 1-888-MEDLAW 1 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.