What are the most common types of birth injuries?
First it is important to note that not all birth injuries are caused by medical malpractice, so not every injury is grounds for a lawsuit. However, there are several types of birth injuries that are often caused by mistakes on the part of doctors or other medical personnel. When that is the case, the families may be entitled to compensation.
Two common types of mistakes that can lead to birth injuries are improper prenatal care and errors made during labor and delivery. Prenatal mistakes can include failing to identify risk factors or prescription errors. Mistakes made during labor and delivery can include a doctor failing to order a necessary cesarean section, using forceps or a vacuum improperly, or failing to properly assess the health of the child in the womb.
These errors can lead to common birth injuries such as brachial plexus injuries, caput succedaneum, perinatal asphyxia, cerebral palsy, subconjunctival hemorrhage, facial paralysis and spinal cord injuries.
If your child suffered a birth injury that you think may be the fault of medical personnel, contact Chalik & Chalik Law Offices for a free consultation.