Common Birth Injuries
After nine long months of pregnancy, only one obstacle remains until you can hold your new bundle of joy: the labor and delivery itself. While some parents may already expect a complicated birth, even the most normal of deliveries can turn into a medical emergency in an instant. Sadly, doctors and other medical staff do not always handle these situations as they should, which can result in a birth injury to your precious baby.
Statistics say that 7 out of every 1,000 children born in America each year suffer from birth injuries. While this may seem like a small amount, many of these injuries can cause lifelong disabilities in the children they affect. There are several factors that can contribute to a birth injury, such as an inappropriate delivery method, prolonged labor, failure to treat asphyxia or infection, harmful medicine, and problems like shoulder dystocia.
Depending on the cause, there are many common birth injuries that can occur. Some are more severe than others, and the effects range from temporary problems to permanent disability to infant death. Common birth traumas include:
- Bruising and lacerations
- Subconjunctival hemorrhage
- Facial or body paralysis
- Disorders from asphyxia such as mental retardation
- Umbilical strangulation
- Bone fractures
- Birth infections like Group B strep
- Cerebral palsy
- Erb’s palsy
- Klumpke’s palsy
- Shaken baby syndrome
Having a child suffer from a birth injury can be traumatic for both the baby and the parents. While some events are out of the doctor’s control, negligence can often cause these problems, which can be extremely costly to treat or manage.
If you or someone you know has had a baby that experienced a birth injury, trust the Wisconsin birth injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, with your case. Contact us today 800-242-2874 for more information.