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Types of Birth Injuries

There are many types of birth injuries. Infants are quite vulnerable as they are being born, and each delivery of a baby should be accomplished with the utmost care by a delivery team (or emergency medical technicians). Unfortunately, such care is not always used, and thousands of infants suffer a birth injury every year in the U.S.

Categorizing Types of Birth Injuries by Site or Body System

One way to classify the many types of birth injuries is by the body part or system that is injured — for example:

  • fractured bones
  • bruising and forceps marks
  • facial paralysis
  • spinal cord injury
  • brain injury
  • cerebral palsy and brachial palsy injuries
  • other types of nerve damage
  • organ damage
  • skin conditions

Categorizing the Types of Birth Injuries by Causation

Birth injuries can also be categorized by how they were caused. Although many causes of birth injuries are unavoidable and others are due to issues such as poor pregnancy care, other birth injuries are due to mistakes, negligence or outright recklessness by professionals who should be providing adequate medical care. For example, a birth injury may have been caused by:

  • too much or too little oxygen administered
  • excessive physical force (this may cause fractured bones, or bruising and forceps marks, for example)
  • medical personnel's failure to take action quickly, or failure to take appropriate action
  • the delegation of a birth procedure to an inexperienced or unqualified member of the healthcare team
  • failure to diagnose a condition such as maternal diabetes, facial paralysis , or a brachial plexus injury
  • delaying a necessary medication
  • delaying a needed C-section

Seeing your baby in distress due to a birth injury such as cerebral palsy or fractured bones is very difficult. No matter what the circumstances of your child's birth injury, you can discuss the details with a legal professional who is well-versed in types of birth injuries and the legal recourse to which you may be entitled. Don't delay; contact a birth injury attorney today.

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