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3 common birth injuries

On Behalf of | Jun 10, 2024 | Birth Injury

The birth of a child is a momentous occasion, full of hope and promise. Sometimes, though, unexpected complications caused by irresponsible medical care before or during birth overshadow this joy. What injuries could have a lasting impact?

Erb’s Palsy

The brachial plexus — a network of nerves near the neck — controls the arm and hand and conveys sensory information from that limb. During childbirth, a difficult delivery or excessive force can injure these nerves.

This can lead to a condition known as Erb’s Palsy, where the baby may not be able to move their shoulder, but they may still be able to move their fingers. Physical therapy can help, but some children may need surgery.

Cerebral Palsy

Damage to the baby’s brain—either during pregnancy or childbirth—can cause cerebral palsy. Symptoms can range from mild to severe and may include difficulties with coordination, muscle control, and speech.

Cerebral palsy is a lifelong condition, Treatments like physical therapy, occupational therapy, and sometimes surgery can greatly improve a child’s quality of life. However, the medical care for people with cerebral palsy can cost nearly 1 million dollars over their lifetime.

Shoulder dystocia

Shoulder dystocia occurs when a baby’s shoulder gets wedged behind the mother’s pelvic bone while being born. This complication can result in oxygen deprivation for the baby and might cause damage to the nerves in the baby’s arm or shoulder.

If you believe that a healthcare provider’s irresponsible choices harmed your child, it is important to seek prompt medical care and legal guidance. The right support can help you and your family address the financial and medical challenges you face.