What are birth injuries commonly suffered by a newborn?Robert A. Solomon, P.C.
From the moment a woman finds out she is pregnant until she gives birth to her child, there are many worries and concerns on her mind. Her health and wellbeing are continually monitored during the pregnancy as the baby grows and progresses. The health and development of the baby are also continually monitored, ensuring actions are taken if any health issues arise. However, even if a woman has a perfectly normal and healthy pregnancy, this does not mean problems could not arise during labor and delivery.
No one expects to encounter complications during the birthing process. But this could happen to any expecting mother in New Jersey or elsewhere. While some of these complications are completely unavoidable, others could be related to the medical mistakes or errors of a medical professional. Thus, it is important to understand the various types of birth injuries a newborn could suffer, as it may be possible to hold a medical professional accountable for them.
What are birth injuries commonly suffered by a newborn? To begin, brachial plexus injuries could occur. This is when there is damage or bruising to the bundle of nerves located at the top of the spine on the neck. While this could clear up over time, in some severe cases, the damage can go thorough the neck should, arm and hand. A newborn could also suffer bone fractures, cephalhematomas, which is the collection of blood below a portion of the skull or caput succedaneum, which is the swelling of the scalp.
More serious birth injuries could also occur. This includes perinatal asphyxia, which is when the baby does not get enough oxygen during delivery. This could result in labored breathing, pale skin, seizures and even a coma. This could result in permanent neurological damage. A newborn could also suffer a spinal cord injury or even cerebral palsy.
No matter the type of birth injury suffered, it is important that parents understand their situation and how they could better it. If medical errors or mistakes are to blame, it is possible to hold a negligent medical professional accountable through a medical malpractice action. This could also help with the recovery of compensation for losses and damages suffered.