Jul 13 2012

Common types of birth injury

Common birth Injuries

Birth injuries are sometimes permanent injuries incurred by an infant during the process of birth. These injuries typically occur as the infant passes through the birth canal during delivery. Birth injury may occur due to a variety of factors including labor complications, physician error, and maternal health problems. Some of the most common birth injuries result from:

• Head Trauma
• Nerve Damage
• Spinal Cord Damage

Head Trauma

Head trauma is the most frequently occurring birth injury. When the head passes through the birth canal, a tremendous amount of pressure is placed upon the infant’s soft skull. This pressure sometimes results in concussion or internal bruising. Head injuries have lifelong consequences. Infants who incur head injuries during birth can suffer from development disabilities, seizure disorder, or may enter a comatose state shortly after birth.

Nerve Damage

Another common type of birth injury is nerve damage. Nerve damage also results from pressure placed on the various nerve systems as a child passes through the birth canal. The resulting nerve damage can cause loss of voluntary muscle control. Three of the most common types of nerve damage injuries include:

• Facial Nerve Palsy: This injury affects the nerves of an infant’s face. Children with facial nerve palsy may have partial paralysis affecting one side of the face, a fallen mouth, or an eye that cannot shut.

• Erb’s Palsy: This condition is the result of pressure placed on the brachial plexus, a nerve center located in the shoulder which controls movement in shoulder, arm and hand. Infants with Erb’s palsy will often require multiple surgeries to correct the condition.

• Cerebral Palsy: Cerebral Palsy describes a group of conditions characterized by loss of gross motor control function. Cerebral palsy may not be diagnosed at birth as symptoms do not appear until the child reaches certain developmental milestones, such as walking and talking. Cerebral palsy typically occurs when the infant is deprived of oxygen during the birth process.

Spinal Cord Injuries

While spinal cord injuries are a relatively rare form of birth injury, they may result in very serious consequences. Infants who suffer from spinal cord injuries have shortened life expectancy and may require extensive treatment and nursing care throughout their lives. Complications from spinal cord injuries may include blood clotting disorders like hemophilia.

Birth injuries can result in serious complications. Children who suffer from birth injuries may require significant care, multiple surgeries, or lifelong assistance. When developmental disabilities occur as a result of birth injury, the child’s potential to lead a normal life is significantly reduced. There are several factors which contribute to birth injury. However, many times the injury could have been avoided. Parents of children who suffered birth injuries may wish to consult an injury attorney to learn about options for providing for their child’s needs.

Goldberg & Osborne, a personal injury and medical malpractice law firm, provides this article for the public’s general information. This article has been written by an independent author, and has not been reviewed or revised by the law firm. Goldberg & Osborne does not warrant the accuracy and comprehensiveness of information the article contains, and will not be held accountable for any inaccuracies, inconsistencies, or errors in the article.


May 2 2011

How to Choose a Personal Injury Lawyer

Choosing a personal injury lawyer is often a critical decision that comes at a difficult time. After one has been injured in an accident, the natural reaction is to focus on healing and not put much thought into other choices. Unfortunately, one’s attorney selection can often make the difference between recovering financially and allowing the physical injury to be only a fraction of the impact on one’s life. The critical factors to consider are an attorney’s experience, integrity, and ability to relate and communicate with his or her clients. While the last factor may seem less important, it can be critical.

The Real Meaning of Experience

While it is easy to assume that a lawyer’s experience is simply measured by the number of years that he or she has been in practice, there is more to it. When dealing with personal injuries, it is important to determine how many years an attorney has been exposed to the specific injury that you have suffered. This means not only what part of your body has been affected, but the context in which you were injured. For example, a brain injury will have very specific medical evidence that a lawyer should be familiar with. Likewise, if you were injured in an industrial accident, this will have different specifics from an injury involving a commercial trucking company. In each instance, it important to find a lawyer that has experience that as closely as possible mirror your circumstances because then he or she will be familiar with the potential pitfalls and advantages. While this is not always possible, it is a prudent target.

Integrity and Personality

After being injured, it natural to be angry, and, in some cases, to think about revenge rather than fairness. One of a good lawyer’s traits will to be keep the client focused on justice. Those that even discuss retribution are more likely to be willing to bend the rules. This may seem appealing, but if unsuccessful, such a lawyer’s conduct may bar the client from recovering at all. It is important to seek a fair outcome that maximizes the benefit to the client, rather than going for revenge.

In addition to integrity, it is important that a client feel comfortable communicating with his or her lawyer. This will help ensure that details do not get missed, and that if the client must testify, the story evokes the true sense of the case most thoroughly. While this may seem either unimportant or obvious, it is often overlooked, and can be of critical importance.

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Disclaimer: Nothing in the above should be construed as legal advice or should be relied on in lieu of seeking the advice of a licensed attorney. The author and publisher of the above information assumes no liability for anything contained in the above article.