Common Birth Injuries From Medical Malpractice

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What you’ll learn reading this article:

  • Babies are hurt every day by negligent doctors.
  • There are certain types of common birth injuries.
  • You can sue for medical malpractice and get the compensation you and your baby will need to cope with their injury.

Did you know that the U.S. is the most dangerous place in the developed world to give birth? More than 50,000 U.S. mothers are injured and 700 die every year. Tens of thousands of newborn babies are also severely injured, many of them permanently.

Some U.S. doctors simply fail to follow safety standards, despite having been extensively trained on them. As medical professionals, they are expected to provide an acceptable standard of care but many fail to do so.

When you’re in the delivery room, you rely on these doctors and nurses to care for you and your new baby. But a negligent medical professional can cause lifelong damage. Your child could be left with permanent health challenges that change their entire life and impact your family’s financial stability.

Here are the Most Common Birth Injuries

Certain types of birth injuries are most commonly found in U.S. delivery rooms:

Cerebral Palsy

Although this can also be a genetic condition, about 1 in 5 cases arise from birth injuries. It’s a brain injury that causes developmental delays and a loss of physical mobility.

Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)

This is a permanent brain injury from oxygen depletion and lack of blood flow. There is a high rate of death and disability from HIE.

Perinatal Asphyxia

Asphyxia is another type of oxygen deficiency which can quickly cause long-term damage. Some of these cases resolve on their own and others require immediate intervention to prevent neurological damage.

Bone Fractures

When a doctor uses tools incorrectly or follows poor procedures, babies’ delicate bones can be fractured. The most common bone fractures are in the neck, shoulders, and head.

Spinal Cord Injuries

A spinal cord injury is one of the most serious injuries your child can suffer. Your child could be left with permanent neurological problems, as well as paralysis that is either temporary or permanent.

Facial Paralysis

The nerves a baby’s face can be damaged when medical professionals use birth tools incorrectly. Your child could have an asymmetrical or drooping face.

Brachial Plexus Injury

Brachial plexus injuries are a type of nerve damage to the upper arms and shoulders, which typically happens when a baby is forcefully pulled during delivery. Erb’s palsy is a form of brachial plexus injury that can have a lifelong impact on hand and arm coordination.


This condition involves damage to the blood vessels and skin from the use of forceps and other birth tools.

Caput Succedaneum

This is another type of injury that can arise from the use of birth tools and leaves a lump or discoloration on the baby’s head.

Intracranial Hemorrhage

When bleeding occurs inside the skill, this is the medical term for it. If the cause of this bleeding isn’t treated quickly, it can contribute to brain damage.

In addition to injuries suffered by the child, the mother can also be injured. As a mother delivers the baby, the doctor may perform birthing maneuvers, use birthing tools, or do incisions that impact the mother’s health.

The mother can also have certain health conditions, like preeclampsia, that must be quickly identified and treated. Preeclampsia causes swelling, dizziness, and high blood pressure that can affect both the mother and the baby.

If You or Your Child is Injured, What’s Next?

You can file a medical malpractice lawsuit after a birth injury and seek compensation. After all, you could be facing a lifetime of expensive medical bills for something that’s not your fault.

Protect your baby’s future and find peace of mind after a birth injury. Take action and hold the right people responsible: the medical professionals who failed to provide an acceptable standard of care.

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