Common Types of Birth Injuries
Birth injuries can range, with some birth injuries being very severe, and others healing completely with time. Common types of birth injuries include:
- Brachial plexus injuries. The brachial plexus is a collection of nerves in the shoulder. If the nerves are injured, harm or hand paralysis or weakness may occur.
- Fetal hypoxic/anoxic injuries. If the baby is deprived of oxygen, either during gestation or delivery, a brain injury can result. Brain injuries from a lack of oxygen are usually permanent.
- Brain hemorrhaging. An intracranial hemorrhage is bleeding on the brain. This can be caused by trauma to the brain or a lack of oxygen.
- Facial nerve injuries. Pressure on the facial nerve at the time of birth can lead to facial nerve palsy – paralysis or partial paralysis of the face.
- Bone fracture injuries. Too much pressure placed on an infant’s delicate bones can result in fractured bones. Clavicle fractures are especially common.
The above list is not inclusive. What’s more, sometimes babies are harmed pre-delivery due to gestational complications or medical malpractice. If you think that your baby’s injuries would not have occurred but for a doctor’s error, please call our law firm today for a free consultation.