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WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON TYPES OF BIRTH INJURIES?

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:

  • Brachial plexus injury - The brachial plexus is a nerve bundle originating from the upper spine and extending through the neck to the arm, hand and fingers. Damage to these nerves can result in mild to severe loss of motion or sensation, also known as Erb's palsy.
  • Bone fractures - Fractures typically occur if there is a complicated or particularly difficult delivery. Fractured clavicles are the most common types of fractures related to infant birth.
  • Perinatal asphyxia - This type of injury occurs when the infant does not receive adequate oxygen, most often because there is an oxygen deficiency in the blood or the fetus is not receiving enough blood. Perinatal asphyxia can lead to labored breathing, shock, seizures or coma, and sometimes causes permanent neurological damage.
  • Spinal cord injury - Though rare, a spinal cord injury can sometimes occur from the natural labor and delivery process or from the misuse of forceps. Spinal cord damage can cause neurological problems and paralysis.
  • Cerebral palsy - Cerebral palsy is a condition often resulting from oxygen deprivation, birth trauma or premature delivery. Poor muscle tone, body movement and muscle coordination typically characterize cerebral palsy.

If your child is suffering from a birth-related injury or other condition and you believe it's a result of negligent error by a medical care provider, you have a right to explore your options for pursuing compensation. Contact a skilled attorney at Jeffrey M. Goldberg Law Offices in Chicago to learn more.

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