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There is nothing more devastating than learning that your newborn sustained a life-altering injury, especially in the hands of a medical professional. It is estimated that an average of 6-8 injuries occur per 1,000 live births. Injuries range in severity from bruising to brain damage and while some may take a few days to heal, others result in lifelong disability.

Call 1-800-THE-LAW2 to get a free consultation with an attorney if your child suffered a serious birth trauma such as head, brain, or nerve injuries. Signs and symptoms may vary depending on the type and severity of the damage, which is why our birth injury lawyers will advise you on how to document the abnormalities you observe. 

Common Causes Of Birth Injuries

Labor and Delivery

Injuries sustained at birth are more likely to occur during a difficult delivery. Factors include:

  • The baby’s size
  • The shape of the mother’s pelvis
  • Prolonged labor
  • The baby’s position

Medical Malpractice

Some situations that may support a medical malpractice claim include:

  • Failure to monitor the baby
  • Failure to warn of pregnancy risks and failure to take action to prevent injuries resulting from high-risk pregnancies
  • Failing to anticipate birth complications
  • Failing to observe or respond to umbilical cord entrapment
  • Failure to respond to fetal distress
  • Misuse of forceps or a vacuum extractor
  • Inappropriate administration of Pitocin
  • Improper use of forceps, vacuums, and other medical birthing devices
  • Failure or delay in performing a C-section, when necessary

If your baby suffered an injury due to complications during the birthing process and you think the doctor or nurse may be responsible, you may be unsure if taking legal action is the right step.

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If you’ve suffered losses due to another’s fault, then the law may entitle you to sue the responsible parties and recover damages as compensation. As the case develops, however, you may find that it is more complex — and more challenging — than you initially thought.

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Tarun Sridharan Legal Editor & Attorney Contributor Posted On: January 18, 2022