5 Most Common Birth Injuries
For most parents, the greatest happiness they can ever have is the coming of a baby. Months before the arrival of their bundle of joy, they make all the necessary preparations in anticipation of the coming of their baby. But all that excitement and happiness can quickly vanish once you are informed that your baby will not be normal due to the negligence of the medical professional who assisted in the delivery of your child.
Figures compiled by Right Diagnosis revealed that approximately 28,000 American babies are born with birth injuries each year. This translates to 2,333 babies per month, 538 per week, 76 daily, and 3 babies per hour who are born with birth defects. Nearly half of these statistics could have been prevented if the medical professional had not been negligent in the performance of their duties. According to the website of Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC, the costs associated with birth injuries can be substantial on your part.
While not all birth injuries are due to medical malpractice and negligence, a huge majority of them could have been prevented with diligent medical care. Here is a list of the most common birth injuries due to medical negligence:
- Brachial Palsy
This is a condition that occurs when the bundle of nerves responsible for arm and hand movement is injured. It often results from shoulder dystocia, a condition that occurs when the shoulder of an infant is trapped in the pelvic bone of the mother during delivery. Pulling too hard or incorrectly can cause damage to the brachial plexus.
- Facial Paralysis
Facial paralysis results from having too much pressure on the infant’s face causing nerve damage. This commonly happens when the doctor uses forceps or a vacuum to pull the baby out. Symptoms of facial paralysis include inability to close the eyes on the affected side of the face and total lack of movement on the affected side. For mild cases, the injury may clear up within a few weeks. However, severe cases may cause total paralysis on the affected side.
- Brain Injuries
Brain injuries in the infant may cause several medical disorders such as cerebral palsy and chronic seizures. These disorders can happen due to oxygen deprivation. It usually occurs when the physician fails to correctly monitor an infant immediately after birth from umbilical cord issues keeping the baby in the birth canal for too long. According to experts, even mild oxygen deprivation can have serious consequences.
A fractured clavicle is the most common fracture during delivery. It usually happens when the delivering physician pulls the infant too hard while in the breech position. In addition, it also happens when the shoulder is forcefully pulled during an extended difficult delivery. Fortunately, fractures can easily heal within 10 days.