Birth Injury Infographic Content Summary
Question: When does birth injury occur?
Answer: Before, during or after childbirth. While normal complications may emerge during childbirth, it is up to the healthcare provider (obstetrician, family practitioner, anesthesiologist, midwife, or nurse) to respond to complications that may arise.
Birth Injuries occur an average of 7 per 1000 live births.
Types of birth Injuries
- Head injury
- Intracranial hemorrhage ( brain bleeds)
- Skull Fractures
- Facial nerve palsy
- Clavical fracture (collar bone fracture)
- Leg and arm fracture
- Abdominal Bleeding
- Cerebral Palsy (CP)
- Erbs Palsy
- Brachial plexus palsy
- Meconium Aspiration Syndrome
Risk Factors that Lead to Increased Birth Complications
- Large-for-date infants (Macrosamia), especially infants who weigh more than 4500 g
- Instrumental deliveries, including forceps (midcavity) or vacuum
- Abnormal Delivery Positions including vaginal breech delivery
- Underdeveloped Pelvis
- Abnormal or excessive traction during delivery
- Oxygen Deprivation
- Prolonged delivery
- Use of epidural anesthesia
- Use of a medication to cause labor and stronger contractions
Did your medical practitioner fail you and your baby during birth?
Types of errors include:
- Failure to anticipate birthcomplications with a larger baby
- Failure to anticipate maternal health complications
- Failure to respond appropriately to bleeding
- Failing to respond to umbilical cord compression or entrapment
- Failure to respond to fetal distress
- Delayed c-section
- Misuse of forceps or a vacuum extractor during delivery
- Inappropriate administration of birthinduction drugs
How a Birth Injury Attorney Can Help
A skilled birth injury lawyer can provide sound legal advice and helping obtaining financial compensation to pay for the numerous medical expenses incurred. By finding an attorney experienced with birth injuries, you will be able to get the support that you need to make it through this difficult time.