Need-to-Know Facts about Negligence-Caused Birth Injuries

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Cerebral PalsyThe number of birth injuries caused by negligence—although not that high in the U.S.—is still a concern today. According to Birth Injury Guide, about six to eight infants (out of a thousand) sustain some form of birth injury. In other words, nearly 10,000 people in the country suffer from the effects of injury during childbirth.

You need to seek the help of a birth injury attorney right away when you suspect that negligence occurred at childbirth, especially when your child suffers from these birth injuries:

Brachial Plexus Injury

Also known as Erb’s palsy and sometimes Klumpke’s palsy, this type of birth injury occurs in one out of a thousand births. In some cases, incorrect delivery practices (negligence) causes Brachial Plexus Injury. As the brachial plexus consists of five different nerve networks located from the fingertips to the thoracic vertebrae to the cervical vertebrae and finally the spinal cord, injury to this can cause serious life-altering health conditions.

Cerebral Palsy

Another common birth injury, Cerebral Palsy (CP) usually exhibits itself as impaired motor function and mobility. However, the brain is where the real damage is. Many factors can increase an infant’s risk of developing this condition, such as premature birth, labor trauma, deprivation of oxygen, and medical negligence.

Spina Bifida

An infant’s brain and spine forms through the tissue called embryonic neural tube. When this does not seal itself prior to the birthing process, the infant can suffer from the condition known as spina bifida. When this occurs, malformations can develop near the spine’s base. Some cases relating to this birth injury resulted from the failure of a medical practitioner to detect the condition of the baby through an ultrasound.

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These are just three of the common birth injuries that can happen to an infant during childbirth and due to medical negligence. When any of this happens to your child, you should seek compensation by filing a wrongful birth lawsuit.