Personal Injury Law: Birth-Related Injuries  

During a newborn’s delivery, there are many birth-related traumas that could transpire. A birth-related trauma is a general term that is used to describe any of the following:

While this is a limited list of the many injuries that could happen to a newborn during the delivery process, it should be noted that injuries could happen to any newborn. In fact, many birth related injuries can sometimes go unnoticed as they occur internally or can show little to no symptoms. 

Birth-Related Injury Causes

Birth injuries can happen through various ways. While most modern hospitals have the tools and medical staff necessary to carry out successful deliveries, many mistakes can nonetheless happen. For instance, the following are some of the most common ways that a birth-related injury could occur:

  • The improper use of medical instruments,
  • The inappropriate handling of the baby, or
  • A lack of medical staff that lead to inattentive care.

As previously noted, birth-related injuries can happen to just about any baby, however, research has shown that heavier babies tend to suffer injuries more frequently than average sized babies. This can happen because medical staff can use an over asserted amount of physical force when handling the newborn. They may also be careless with the tools they use for the birthing procedure. Other babies than run higher risks include those that go through the following dangers:

  • Newborns that arrive before the 37th week,
  • Unborn babies who are in an abnormal fetal position,
  • The mother has a pelvis who’s shape and/or size may affect the birth of the baby,
  • There is a difficulty in the labor and/or delivery process, or
  • There is a prolonged labor that goes unnoticed. 

Common Birth-Related Injuries

Newborns could be very fragile. It could be very easy for inexperienced medical staff to cause harm on a newborn baby. Common injuries include, but are not limited to trauma to the newborn’s extremities. This could be trauma caused to a baby’s neck, limbs, and/or head. Other injuries include:

  • Caput Succedaneum
    • This is a birth-related injury that causes injury to the baby’s head by causing scalp swelling and/or bruising.
  • Cephalohematoma
    • This condition causes a baby to develop an accumulation of liquid and/or blood underneath the baby’s protective membrane covering the baby’s skull. While this condition can sometimes disappear on its own, it can sometimes lead to other conditions if left untreated.
  • Broken and/or Bruised Bones
    • If a newborn is forcibly pulled in the delivery process, this could cause bruising of the baby’s bones. In worst-case situations, this could also lead to broken bones. Unfortunately, there are cases where negligent medical staff dropped a newborn which lead to a baby’s broken bones. 

Seek Legal Support

While birth-related injuries can happen to just about any newborn, there are many injuries that could go unnoticed. If you have reason to believe that your baby has suffered injuries from the delivery process, seek the advice and support of a qualified medical malpractice attorney. An attorney with the right experience can guide you through your available legal options, including the probability of filing for a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Attorney Justin H. King is a dedicated personal injury attorney who has helped many parents seek compensation for the injuries negligent hospitals and/or medical staff caused their newborn babies. Attorney Justin H. King also has extensive experience in dealing with serious birth-related injuries. The State of California enforces strict time limitations to file for medical malpractice claims; obtain the support of a knowledgeable attorney.