When it comes to questions about a baby, parents are always hoping for the best. Many deliveries go off without a hitch, and some come with a momentary glitch. But serious injuries can happen, although they are thankfully rare, and babies can suffer trauma with effects that may last a lifetime.
What qualifies as a birth injury?
Technically, any trauma or contusion on a baby’s body as a result of delivery or surgical removal from its mother qualifies as a birth injury. Many births feature minor injuries that may cause temporary bruising or swelling that disappears over a few days. Babies often suffer minimal discomfort.
What is a more serious birth injury?
A newborn’s fragile nervous system may suffer damage in a delivery with some trauma. Facial paralysis is a possible effect of birth injuries, with facial movement and eye closure impossible for a time after the injury. The condition may require surgery if a nerve was torn.
What else could happen in a birth?
Brachial palsy is a possible injury that may carry permanent damage. The brachial plexus, a bundle of nerves for the arm and hand, may be compressed through a problematic shoulder delivery. A torn nerve here may once again result in more permanent damage.
Who can help after a birth injury?
Proper medical attention is always the first priority when a baby’s health is at risk. Once a condition has stabilized, it may be a good idea to discuss the situation with an attorney. Legal representation can help if the need arises to sue a physician or hospital over their conduct.