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Birth Injury

A birth injury results from complications in the labor and delivery and can be mild or severe.

Often, birth injury is caused by oxygen deprivation due to compression or twisting of the umbilical cord. Another birth injury cause is mechanical trauma, which may occur when the baby is too large for normal delivery. Birth injury is also more likely to happen under abnormal circumstances, such as a breach delivery. A birth injury is reported to occur in 27 of every 1,000 live births, with the severity of the birth injury ranging from mild to debilitating.

Many birth injury situations arise because of mistakes on the part of the doctor or hospital; chances of birth injury increase if the child’s birth weight is underestimated, for instance. A common cause of birth injury is the application of excessive force during delivery. A delayed C-section can also cause birth injury. Operative deliveries, whether vaginal or abdominal, are more likely than spontaneous delivery to result in birth injury.

The most serious birth injuries are those that affect the brain. Oxygen deprivation can cause a birth injury like cerebral palsy, lead to lifelong complications and even mental retardation. The physical forms of birth injury include broken bones, nerve damage to the limbs, and lacerations.

If your child sustained a birth injury, you may be facing years of expensive medical treatment and therapy. In the case that the birth injury was the fault of a doctor or hospital, you are entitled to compensation for all birth injury related costs, including medial bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. An attorney familiar with birth injury laws may be able to help you and your family determine the best course of action.

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