Signs of Birth Injury
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A variety of injuries can occur during the birth of your child. From bruising to broken bones, from severe brain damage to stillbirth, many things can go wrong during labor and delivery and result in lifelong struggles for your newborn and your family.
Not all birth injuries rise to the level of medical malpractice or negligence. If you believe a medical mistake may be to blame for your child’s injuries, our lawyers would be happy to discuss your legal options during a complimentary consultation.
Signs & Symptoms of Birth Injuries in Infants
For every 1,000 births, it is estimated that 6 to 8 newborns will suffer a birth injury. Birth injuries are not the same as birth defects. Injuries typically result when something goes wrong during or shortly after labor and delivery. Often, birth injuries are the result of a negligent birthing team or medical malpractice by your delivery doctor.
Signs your newborn may be suffering from a birth injury:
- Newborn is unresponsive to typical stimuli
- Odd or unexplained bruises
- Poor muscle control or spastic movements
- Immobility in the arm, leg, or any part of the body
- Newborn is delayed in reaching common developmental milestones, such as crawling or sitting up
Some signs of birth injury are very difficult to identify. In some cases, parents may not recognize the signs and symptoms of birth injury until later stages in the child’s development, i.e. during school preparedness testing, etc.
Newborn Brain Injuries
Of the possible injuries that can occur during childbirth, brain injuries tend to be the most severe. After spending months hoping for a healthy child, learning your newborn suffered brain damage because of a medical mistake can be devastating. Knowing the injury and the lifelong consequences could have been prevented only make matters worse.
Understanding the signs and symptoms of brain damage in infants or learning how to recognize symptoms of cerebral palsy in a newborn may be the last thing on your mind going into the delivery room. After you have left the hospital and have questions about whether your baby is developing properly, it may be first and foremost. If your baby was unable to breathe at birth or required resuscitation, experienced seizures, has a shrill cry or was kept in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) well after your stay, a brain injury may have occurred during birth.
If your child was diagnosed with a birth injury such as cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy, or a brachial plexus injury, you should consult an lawyer to discuss obtaining the financial assistance you’ll need to provide the lifetime care your child will require. When a medical mistake causes serious, permanent injury, a medical malpractice lawsuit may be your best option to keep the same mistake from causing injury to another innocent newborn.
Contact Our Florida Medical Malpractice Lawyers
If you are unsure whether your child suffered a birth injury or if your newborn has already been diagnosed with a disorder commonly associated with an injury during birth, don’t wait to contact Freidin Brown, P.A. today. We’ll meet with you for FREE to discuss what may have gone wrong, who may be responsible, and your right to financial compensation. With our contingency fees, you’ll owe us nothing for our services until we win your case.