Cause of Injury:

  • Heat or Cold Exposure 
  • Contact With 
  • Caught In or Between 
  • Fall or Slip – From Different Level 
  • Motor Vehicle Collision 
  • Strain 
  • Striking Against or Stepping On 
  • Struck or Injured by Object 
  • Absorption, Ingestion, or Inhalation 
  • Rubbed or Abraided By 
  • Miscellaneous Causes

Car Accidents:

Common Birth Injuries that Could Lead to Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

Birth Injuries

Birth injury or birth trauma refers to an injury that occurs on babies that result from complications during the birth, labor or delivery. If your neonate has suffered from this birth trauma, you can contact an expert medical malpractice lawyer through this website

Birth injuries or birth trauma ranges from mild to severe. It may be from minor bruising to severe brain damage. All these are results of medical malpractice that any parent needs to take into consideration very seriously with a medical malpractice lawyer. 

Some Common Birth Injuries

  • Forceps Mark and Bruising – there may be times that the baby, after the delivery, will have bruises on the face or head, a mark that the baby has passed through the birth canal, or got unnecessary contact with the mother's pelvis. When forceps are used during the birthing, they will leave temporary bruises or mark on the head of the baby. The use of vacuum extraction in the delivery could also cause bruising on the baby or worse scalp laceration.  Forceps could also cause deformed skull features that could require surgery to repair the deformed area.


  • Subconjunctival Hemorrhage – this is one of the common birth injuries that resulted in bright red band circling around the iris of the baby's eyes, may it be in one or both eyes. This will not cause permanent damage to the eyes. It will usually disappear after a week or two weeks. 


  • Caput Succedaneum – this type of injury resulted from extreme vacuum extraction that creates a severe swelling on the scalp of the baby. The swelling will not stay longer. It will eventually disappear within few days. 


  • Cephalohematoma – this means the bleeding between the fibrous covering and the bone. For babies, this injury will typically be seen on the head of the baby. The injury will eventually recover from two weeks to three months. If the cephalohematoma is large, the baby will become jaundiced.
Severe Injuries During Birth
  • Facial Paralysis – this type of baby's injury will take place when there is a pressure put on the baby's face during the birth, or using of forceps in the delivery, this will result to damages of the facial nerves of the baby. The facial paralysis will eventually disappear in a few weeks. If the damage is severe, surgery might be necessary to repair the damaged nerves.


  • Brachial Palsy or Erb's Palsy Injuries – this type of injury will occur when the brachial plexus, the nerves that control the movement of the arms and legs is damaged. This is resulted from shoulder dystocia, a difficulty that results from impairing the baby's shoulder. When branchial damage is only mild like only the swelling and bruising, the baby will recover within three months. But in severe cases, there might be a permanent nerve damage that only through surgery it could be healed. 


  • Brain Injury – difficulty in childbirth can cause severe brain damages on the baby. The oxygen deprivation that results to twisting and compression of the umbilical cord, blood loss and prolonged oxygen deprivation can result to cerebral palsy, seizure disorder, and mental impairment.

Moreover, injuries could also occur on babies as a result of poor medical care after childbirth, mistakes during a circumcision or negligence in properly attending an infection. 

In making a claim against an alleged malpractice, you need to consult a lawyer from to review your baby's medical records as well as the birthing history as to why the baby has acquired the certain injury.


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