Types of Birth Injuries
Mother & Newborn: Injuries at Birth
A report conducted by the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project noted that in 2006, there were more than 157,000 birth injuries which occurred to both newborns and their mothers. This report also found that these errors could have been avoided and financial income also had no effect on the birthing injuries.
Birth injuries are commonly considered to be a form of medical malpractice, which is defined as any healthcare professional which provides a lower level of care than that of the standard for that particular position. Often times, birth injuries can have life altering effects on both the mother and newborn when they occur.
At Riddle & Brantley, our medical malpractice attorneys believe that if you or your child has suffered a birth injury as a result of the negligent actions of a medical professional, the victim may be entitled to file for a birth injury lawsuit towards recovering compensation for losses and damages that occurred, along with any other future medical costs.
To learn more, simply complete the form on this page or give us a call at (800) 525-7111 today.
Types of Birth Injuries
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a list of major birthing injuries, which included skeletal fractures, soft tissue and solid organ hemorrhaging, and nerve damage. These injuries are categorized into sections which conclude the most common types of birth injuries.
Some types of birth injuries include:
- Bone Fractures
Bone fractures are often more common during complicated deliveries, which typically results in a fractured collar bone. In most cases, immobilization may be able to treat this type of fracture, however in other cases the bone will typically heal on its own with infants.
- Brachial Plexus Injuries
When the brachial plexus becomes injured, it affects the nerves which originate at the upper spine and travel through the neck, shoulders, arms, and hands. These injuries can differ from mild and temporary injuries to more severe and permanent injuries. The mildest form of brachial plexus is neuropraxia, which is simply a stretched nerve, whereas a rupture involves tearing of the nerves and an avulsion is when the nerve roots are completely dislodged from the sine and paralysis occurs.
- Caput Succedaneum
This birth injury is demonstrated as a swelling of the scalp or when an area of the scalp appears to be bruised or discolored. This is typically caused by an excessive pressure during delivery. Caput succedaneum is not a life threatening injury and the baby will recover over time.
This occurs when the blood collects below the covering are of the skull bone. Cephalohematoma is a non-life threatening injury and will clear up on its own over time.
- Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy occurs in an estimated two or three in 1,000 newborn babies. This is characterized by weak muscles, muscle spasms, and lack of motor skills. Unfortunately, at this point there is no cure for cerebral palsy.
- Facial Paralysis
Facial paralysis is when the facial nerve becomes damaged. This can either result in temporary or permanent damages. Often times, this will result in lack of control over the muscles of the face and is commonly noticed when the baby cries. In most cases, facial paralysis will go away over time.
- Intracranial and Subarachnoid Hemorrhaging
This injury occurs when there is bleeding in the skull, typically under the two innermost layers covering the brain. This may result in seizures, confusion, vomiting, and altered levels of consciousness.
- Perinatal Asphyxia
This occurs when a newborn baby does not receive the amount of oxygen it requires. This type of situation is common when there is a lack of blood flow to the newborn or fetus. Often times, this will cause labored breathing, pale complexion, shock, seizures, and even coma. This condition may completely disappear over time or cause permanent neurological damage depending on the severity.
- Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries are typically more severe than other birthing injuries, which may be a result of traumatic nerve damage, spinal cord damage, or meningeal tears.
- Subconjunctival Hemorrhage
This is when the blood vessels of the eyes burst, which results in a bright red area on the eyeball. These injuries happen when there is a variation in pressure during birth and will typically clear up on its own over time.
Unfortunately, each of these types of birthing injuries is caused by medical mistakes. While the medical professionals who performed these mistakes are typically not bad people, the inexperience and lack of attention may have caused harm to their patients, in these cases, an individual may be eligible to receive compensation for their losses and damages.
Contact Our North Carolina Birth Injury Attorneys Today
At Riddle & Brantley, our attorneys believe that if you or your child has suffered from a birth injury caused by the negligent actions of a medical professional, it is important to speak with an experienced and compassionate medical malpractice attorney.
Having four office locations in Goldsboro, Raleigh, Kinston and Jacksonville, our firm is able to help injured victims across the state of North Carolina. Our legal team will even visit injured victims who are unable to leave their home, or the hospital, so you do not even need to leave your location.
To learn more, we encourage you to call us today at (800) 525-7111, or complete the free case evaluation form on this page. Here, you will be able to communicate with a member of our intake team about you or your baby’s injuries then will quickly be connected with one of our experienced attorneys ready to help you with your case.