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What Are Four Possible Birth Injuries?

Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 22-Nov-2017

Birth injuries can significantly reduce the quality of life for newborns and their family members. In some cases, newborns may recover from birth injuries. However, other types of injuries may cause lifelong complications. There are different types of birth injuries newborns can suffer before, during or after delivery. Four common types of birth injuries may include:

  1. Brain injuries: Oxygen deprivation, lack of blood flow to the brain, blunt force trauma, infections and untreated severe jaundice are possible causes of brain injuries at birth. Brain injuries may lead to cerebral palsy and developmental delays.
  2. Brachial plexus injury: There are multiple types of brachial plexus injuries that can occur during birth. These injuries can occur when the nerves that run along the neck, arms and spine are damaged. Depending on the severity of the nerve damage, a newborn may suffer from permanent disability.
  3. Bell’s palsy: If the facial nerves are damaged during delivery, then a newborn may suffer from Bell’s palsy. A newborn may lack movement in specific areas of the face. There are other ways a newborn can develop this condition, and in some cases, the cause is unknown.
  4. Spinal cord injuries: In rare cases, a newborn may suffer a spinal cord injury during delivery. This may result in a partial or total loss of function below the area where the injury occurred.

Did Medical Malpractice Cause My Child’s Injury?

Certain criteria must be met for a medical mistake to be considered medical malpractice. If you suspect that medical malpractice is responsible for your child’s birth injury or condition, then an attorney could investigate your claim. Medical malpractice claims generally involve an extensive investigation. Some law firms are not equipped to handle these complex cases.

The Washington DC medical malpractice lawyers at Regan Zambri Long, PLLC can use their resources and decades of combined experience to help you determine whether negligence caused your child’s birth injury.

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