Medical Malpractice: Common Birth Injuries Due to Negligence

Medical MalpracticeEven though all birth injuries don’t occur because of negligence or medical malpractice, a large number could be prevented if diligent medical care was provided. According to a recent study from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) there are some common types of birth injuries that often result from medical negligence.

If you have a child that is the victim of a birth injury caused by medical malpractice, you should hire a Florida personal injury attorney for help. They can review the facts of your case to determine if you have the evidence necessary to file a claim for monetary compensation.

Brachial Palsy Injuries

Brachial palsy injuries, which include  Klumpke’s palsy as well as Erb’s palsy, take place when the bundle of nerves that are responsible for moving the hands and arms (the brachial plexus) has been injured. The most common reason that brachial plexus injuries occur is due to shoulder dystocia, which is a condition that takes place when the baby’s shoulder becomes trapped behind the mother’s pelvic bone during delivery. If the doctor pulls incorrectly or too hard while trying to deliver the infant, the brachial plexus nerves may be stretched or torn.

Facial Paralysis

When a woman is giving birth, the baby’s face may have too much pressure exerted on it, which can result in damaged facial nerves. This is a common injury that can occur when doctors use vacuum or forceps extraction to help pull the baby out. Some of the symptoms of this can include the inability of the baby to close their eye on the affected side of the face and lack of movement on that particular side of the face. If the injury isn’t too severe, it may clear up in a matter of a few weeks. However, more severe cases can result in permanent paralysis on the affected side of the face.

Brain Injuries

Unfortunately, oxygen deprivation can occur during the delivery process. This can lead to a number of issues, with the most serious being a brain injury. If a baby suffers a brain injury, a number of other medical issues may occur, including chronic seizures or cerebral palsy. In some cases, oxygen deprivation may occur if a physician does not properly monitor a baby before birth or if the umbilical cord becomes compressed.


Fractures of the clavicle are one of the most common types of injury that occur during delivery. This birth injury can occur if the doctor pulls the baby too forcefully while they are in the breech position. It may also occur if the head is pulled forcefully during a difficult delivery. In some cases, the infant will be unable to move the arm on the side where the fracture occurred. In many cases, these fractures are able to heal and do not result in permanent disability.

If you recently had a baby who suffered a birth injury,  you need to contact a Florida birth injury attorney for help in evaluating whether the injury was likely caused by medical negligence. To learn more contact the medical malpractice lawyers at Hardesty, Tyde, Green & Ashton by calling 904-249-9030.

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