While most child deliveries go relatively smoothly, complications can arise during the birthing process that result in injury to the child or mother. Birth injuries can occur in any number of ways, but many are a result of birth-related medical malpractice. Some of the most common types of birth injuries include the following:
When a child suffers serious birth injuries during labor or delivery, it can be devastating for parents and family members. Worse, many of these injuries appear to be preventable, and occur only as the result of a medical professional's negligence or malpractice.
While most types of birth injuries directly affect the child, an expectant mother is also putting her health at risk during delivery. Rarely, birth-related medical malpractice can result in severe medical consequences for the mother prior to or during the birthing process.
Erb's palsy, a type of brachial plexus palsy, is named after William Erb, one of the first physicians to describe the condition. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Erb's palsy affects the brachial plexus, a nerve network located close to the neck. The brachial plexus leads to the arm's nerves, providing feeling and movement for the arm, hand and fingers. Damage typically causes the following problems: