What is a birth injury?

Birth injury is defined as damage to a newborn’s body function or structure that occurs due to an adverse event during labor. In the vast majority of births, the baby experiences no significant injury during labor; however, harm can and does occur in a small number of cases. In many cases, these injuries have lifelong effects for the child.

Unfortunately, a significant proportion of birth injuries occur because of wrongdoing or negligence on the part of the doctor.

The most common birth injuries include:

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