Other birth injuries besides cerebral palsy and Erb’s Palsy or brachial plexus injury can occur during childbirth as the result of improper care by a doctor, midwife, or nurse, including:
- Bleeding in the brain
- Brain damage
- Brain swelling
- Facial nerve injury
- Skull fractures
Other Birth Injuries: Causes
Similar to the causes of cerebral palsy, improper operation of commonly used delivery devices such as vacuum extraction devices or forceps can cause birth injuries. These kinds of devices are used to assist in the delivery of an infant. These devices are useful and necessary in certain situations, yet their safety and effectiveness depends upon the skill and technique of the person using them. When these devices are used improperly, or used under the wrong circumstances, birth injuries can result.
Signs and Symptoms of a Birth Injuries
Signs and symptoms of a birth injury that can occur from the use of vacuum extractors and forceps include:
- Depressions or indentations in the head
- Swelling of the head
- Asymmetrical facial movements (for example, an infant only moves one side of the face when crying, which can be a sign of facial nerve injury)
Birth Injuries Legal Help
A nurse case manager is available to discuss the particular details of your child’s birth injuries. A nurse can also start the process of getting your questions answered, such as what is cerebral palsy? The consultation is free. Sokolove Law will match you with an experienced birth injury lawyer at no cost to you.
Filing a birth injury lawsuit costs you nothing — we only receive a fee if we win the case on your behalf, awarding you the compensation you need and deserve.