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Other Birth Injuries

Cerebral palsy, shoulder dystocia, Erb’s Palsy. Unfortunately, these only form a fraction of the possible injuries that can befall a child during the birthing process. Here are brief summaries of other birth injuries, most of which are preventable:

Bone injury:

Bones can be trapped within the birthing canal or subject to intense pressure, leading to breakage or bruising. The collarbone is the most common broken bone, but other bones have been known to break during childbirth. Fortunately, this injury almost always heals with time if treated immediately.

Brain injury:

When a child’s oxygen supply is cut off during childbirth, brain cells can be killed. Interruption to oxygen flow is known as birth hypoxia or birth asphyxia and can occur at any point during the birth. Potential dangers include mental disability, cognitive problems, and problems with nervous system and motor control.

Perinatal stroke:

In this little-known condition, a child experiences a stroke while in the womb. This condition nearly always occurs between the 28th week of gestation and childbirth; it can contribute to life-long mental and neurological disorders.

Caput succedaneum:

When a child’s scalp tissues press against the cervix during delivery, severe scalp swelling can occur. This condition is usually temporary, but can lead to brain pressure and other complications.

Luckily, most birth injuries are preventable with proper diagnosis, treatment, and decision-making during the delivery. Unfortunately, for many children a doctor’s momentary mistake can mean a lifetime of disability, medical expenses, and stress. If your child was injured during birth, there is a good chance that a medical practitioner’s negligence or mistake led to that injury. The responsible party should be held accountable and forced to pay for the related costs of medical care and ongoing treatment.

At Panish Shea & Boyle LLP, we understand the heartbreak and misery birth injury can bring. We specialize in personal injury lawsuits, collecting a record number of large settlements and verdicts and garnering national attention for our representation of cases like Avila v. Dresick Farms, in which we collected the largest-ever verdict in Imperial County. Are you ready to make your medical practitioner take responsibility for their actions? Call today for a free case consultation and more information.

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