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Common birth injuries in New Jersey

On Behalf of | Apr 26, 2022 | Injuries, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury |

Birth injuries can occur when medical professionals do not provide the necessary care to a mother and child during labor and delivery. When medical mistakes happen, it can lead to serious birth injuries that can cause lifelong damage.

Cerebral Palsy

This is a neurological disorder that can be a result of oxygen deprivation to the brain during birth. Cerebral Palsy can cause muscle weakness, paralysis and problems with coordination and balance. When doctors fail to monitor a baby’s oxygen levels during labor, it can lead to Cerebral Palsy.

Erb’s Palsy

This is a condition that affects the nerves that control the movement of the arms and hands. It can be a consequence of medical professionals using too much force when delivering a baby. If the baby’s shoulder gets stuck during delivery, medical professionals may use excessive force to dislodge the shoulder, which can damage the nerves.

Fractures

Fractures are one of the most common birth injuries that lead to medical malpractice claims. They can be caused by medical professionals using forceps or vacuum extractors during delivery. If these devices are not used correctly, they can cause the baby’s bones to break.

Subdural hemorrhage

This is a type of brain injury that can be caused by medical professionals using too much force when delivering a baby. If the baby’s head gets forced through the birth canal, it can cause bleeding in the brain. Subdural hemorrhages can often lead to long-term problems, such as seizures, developmental delays and even death.

If your child has suffered from a birth injury, you may be entitled to compensation. Medical malpractice claims can help you recover damages for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Just remember to get all the necessary medical documentation and other forms of evidence to support your claim.