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Birth Injuries

Birth Injury Malpractice Lawsuits

Birth Injuries | Lawsuits, Lawyers | Malpractice: Cerebral Palsy, Temporary Paralysis, Brain Damage | Birth Complications

Complications in the process of labor and delivery can result in a wide variety of problems for a newborn baby. These problems, known collectively as birth injuries, can be mild or severe.

One major cause is oxygen deprivation, which commonly occurs when the umbilical cord is compressed or twisted in the birth process. The other main cause is mechanical trauma, which may occur when the baby assumes an unusual position at the time of birth (buttocks rather than head first, for example) or when the baby is too large to pass through the birth canal easily.

Numerous birth injuries are caused by mistakes made by doctors or hospitals during delivery. Birth injuries can occur if excessive force is applied in the delivery of a child or there is a delay in performing a necessary C-section delivery. Birth injuries can also occur if the delivery team fails to properly anticipate the size of a child, causing a turbulent delivery.

Birth injuries are most often caused by operative deliveries, whether vaginal or abdominal than spontaneous deliveries. Birth injuries have been reported to occur in 27 of 1,000 live births.

Common Birth Injuries are: Cerebral Palsy, Temporary Paralysis, Brain Damage, Erb's Palsy, Fractured Collar Bone, Klumpke's Palsy and Brachial Plexus Palsy.

The most serious birth injuries are those that affect the brain. They are caused by oxygen deprivation or bleeding within the skull or brain. These injuries vary greatly in severity. They may lead to long-term seizure disorders or cause cerebral palsy or mental retardation.

Lastly prescription medicines can often cause birth injuries. The following prescription drugs can cause birth defects: Accutane, Crestor, Cytotec, Lexapro, Paxil, Soriatane, and Terbutaline.

Legal Help For Victims Affected By Birth Injuries

If you or a loved had birth complications and your child suffers from birth injuries, please fill out the form at the right for a free case evaluation by a qualified malpractice attorney or call us at 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).


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Early C-Sections Risky

Jan 8, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP
Greater Risk When Delivered By Early Cesarean Section. Babies are at greater risk for serious health problems and birth injuries when delivered by early cesarean section.  According to a new study, over one-third of all American babies—those born via planned and repeat C-section prior to 39 weeks gestation—are at increased risk for birth-related problems, reports WebMD.C-section births accounted for one in every five births ten years ago; that number has increased, said...

Elective C-Sections Associated with Breathing Problems

Dec 12, 2007 | Parker Waichman LLP
C-Sections May Leave Babies At Risk For Breathing Problems. Some caesarean sections, or C-sections, may leave babies at risk for breathing problems.  Today, Danish researchers revealed findings from a study that indicates that babies delivered by non-emergency caesareans sections are up to four times more likely to experience breathing problems than those babies who were delivered by vaginal birth.  The finding strengthens evidence about the risk of birth injuries posed by...

Indomethacin to Treat Pre-Term Labor Linked to Cerebral Palsy, Intestinal Problems in Premature Infants

Nov 2, 2007 | Parker Waichman LLP
Indomethacin, a drug used to stop pre-term labor, has been linked to an increased incidence of birth injuries such as brain damage, including cerebral palsy, and intestinal problems in premature infants, according to new research published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.   The study's findings could provide new guidance to doctors on when and how to administer indomethacin to treat pre-term labor in order to avoid these drug side-effects.When a woman goes into a...

Study finds more risks to unborn in epilepsy drug Depakote

May 4, 2007 | Los Angeles Times
One in Four Women who took Widely Used Epilepsy Drug Valproate while Pregnant gave Birth to Children who were Mentally Retarded One in four women who took the widely used epilepsy drug valproate while pregnant gave birth to children who were mentally retarded, double the rate among women who took other epilepsy medicines, researchers said . The report, presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology in Boston, was the latest to document the potential dangers of...

Birth defects affect one in 17, study finds

Jan 31, 2006 |
A Hidden Epidemic Of Global Proportions. One in every 17 babies born in the world has a serious birth defect, a hidden epidemic of global proportions, according to a revealing new study.Almost eight million children annually suffer from a birth defect, including 3.3 million who die and another 3.2 million who live with severe mental and physical disabilities that often condemn them to a life of poverty and suffering."This is a serious, vastly unappreciated and underfunded public health...

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