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What Are the Most Common Birth Injuries?

A birth injury, also referred to as birth trauma, occurs when a baby endures a physical injury as the result of being born.

Birth injuries can occur for a number of reasons, but when it happens due to a medical error, it’s considered medical malpractice.

Keep reading to learn about the most common birth injuries in the U.S.

Common Birth Injuries

While there are a vast number of ways that a baby can be harmed during the birthing process, certain birth injuries appear more often than others. The following are some of the most common birth injuries:

  • Swelling or bruising of the head
  • Bleeding beneath one of the cranial bones
  • The rupture of small blood vessels in the baby’s eyes
  • Facial nerve damage due to pressure on the baby’s face
  • Damage to the group of nerves that supply the arms and hands
  • The clavicle or collarbone become fractured

It’s always tragic when a baby endures an injury as a result of simply coming into this world. Those who are responsible for birth injuries need to be held accountable so that others aren’t harmed in the future.

Why Birth Injuries Occur

According to Stanford Medicine: Children’s Health, there are several reasons for a birth injury to occur, but the following are some of the most prevalent causes:

  • The baby is big
  • The baby isn’t head-first in the birth canal
  • The baby is born prematurely
  • The conditions of the mother’s pelvis or birth canal make a normal vaginal birth challenging
  • Labor is grueling or lasts a long time
    • This can happen when contractions aren’t strong enough to push the baby through the birthing canal
  • The mother is significantly overweight or obese
  • The baby is delivered via cesarean section (C-section)
  • Devices are utilized in the baby’s delivery
    • For example, vacuum or forceps

If you or your baby were injured as a result of childbirth, you may be entitled to compensation. Our attorneys here at Goodman Acker P.C. are highly skilled in the area of personal injury law and have helped many other people just like you achieve justice. Let us see if we can help you, too. Don’t hesitate to contact our office with your case right away.

Call Goodman Acker P.C. today at (248) 793-2010 to discuss the details of your case.

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