Types of Birth Injuries
The leading brain-related injury in relation to birth trauma is Cerebral Palsy. Cerebral is the medical term usually used to describe the brain. Palsy is the medical term used to describe a type of paralysis. In children with CP, parts of the brain that control muscle movement have been damaged by lack of oxygen.
There are several types of physical injuries can occur during birth. Many involve trauma to the skull and face from improper use of birth-assist devices like vacuums extractors or forceps.
During c-section delivery, babies can be cut by the scalpel. While these injuries can be serious, they often resolve just like any other cut or bruise.
Infections can have serious consequences for developing and newborn babies, including brain and other major organ damage. An infection can be transmitted to an unborn baby via the placenta, the umbilical cord, the amniotic fluid, or the vaginal canal. Of course, it is the doctor’s responsibility to detect and treat infections and to take measures to protect the baby from the harm these infections can cause. Some of the more common infections associated with preventable birth injury cases are:
Injuries From Delivery
Birth injuries that arise during delivery is a common occurrence. These types of injuries occur from the use of vacuum extractor or forceps, tools invented to assist in delivery. Other injuries from delivery may include administering the wrong medication, mishandling the infant, resulting in broken bones, lacerations, or skull fractures. Depending on how the physician handles the delivery, an infant may also experience injuries related to stress, high blood pressure, or hypertension.
There are two major types of avoidable physical trauma that occur during birth:
Also called “Wrongful Life”, these cases stir up intense controversy. Can any life be “wrongful”? Is it morally wrong to allow parents to abort an “imperfect” fetus? If we set aside societal judgment and community opinion and focus strictly on the law, we find that about half of the states recognize a claim for a doctor’s failure to inform and prepare parents that an infant will be born with a severe abnormality. While it is probably a misnomer, these cases are often called “wrongful birth” or “wrongful life” actions.
- Wrongful Birth