Common Birth Injuries

Common Birth Injuries

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February 04, 2020
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Welcoming a new child into your family is one of life’s greatest joys, and parents often look forward to their baby’s birth with excitement. If your child was injured in the birth process, however, it can be an extremely difficult experience. Not only are you unable to bring home the happy, healthy child you anticipated, but you might also face a future of difficult health-related decisions, immense expense, and the stress of caring for a child with special health needs. If your child was injured at birth, consult with an experienced Michigan personal injury lawyer today.

What is a Birth Injury?

A birth injury refers to physical harm that a baby endured in the process of being born. This is in contrast to a birth defect, which refers to a condition sustained while developing in utero. Birth injuries can either be systemic (internal, system-level damage like a lack of oxygen that leads to brain damage) or mechanical – often called birth traumas – like an injury sustained due to forceps or vacuums. 

Common Birth Injuries

While babies can suffer any number of injuries at birth, there are several that are most common, including:


  • Brachial Palsy – Brachial palsy refers to an injury to the nerves that run to the baby’s arms and hands. This injury is often caused when the attending doctor has difficulty delivering the child’s shoulder. The baby generally loses the ability to rotate and flex his or her arm naturally, and if the nerve is torn, it can lead to permanent damage. 
  • Facial Paralysis – When a baby’s facial nerve is injured during the birth process, it can lead to facial paralysis. The use of forceps is often associated. Such paralysis generally presents when the child cries, and there is no movement on one side of his or her face, and the eye on that side cannot be closed. If the facial nerve was torn, surgery is often required.  
  • Fractures – Fractures to the clavicle or collarbone are most common during the labor and delivery process. Such breaks often occur when the attending medical professional has difficulty delivering the baby’s shoulder. When the break fails to heal correctly or complications ensue, a fracture can lead to long-term health issues.
  • Injuries Related to Oxygen Deprivation – When a baby is deprived of oxygen during the delivery process, it can lead to permanent brain injuries, which – in turn – can cause serious physical conditions like chronic seizures or cerebral palsy. Even mild oxygen deprivation – when the infant is allowed to remain in the birth canal too long or is poorly monitored – can lead to serious permanent physical and intellectual consequences. 


If Your Newborn Suffers a Birth Injury, You need an Experienced Michigan Personal Injury Attorney on Your Side

If your child was injured during the birth process, the dedicated personal injury attorneys at Nickola Law in Michigan are committed to helping you obtain the compensation necessary to provide your child with the fullest possible recovery. We’re on your side, so please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information today. 


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