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Our Pittsburgh Birth Injury Attorneys List the Most Common Birth Injuries

A birth injury is a physical injury suffered by an infant during the birthing process. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), nearly 7 birth injuries occur out of 1,000 births in the U.S., or approximately 30,000 per year.

The most common birth injuries are listed below.

Cerebral palsy
Cerebral palsy is a general group of disorders that negatively affect a child’s: 

  • Motor skills
  • Speech
  • Learning
  • Involuntary movements

Congenital cerebral palsy refers to a form of the disorder present at birth.

Erb’s palsy
Also called brachial plexus palsy, this condition results in arm and hand paralysis caused by damaged nerves.

Caput succedaneum
Caput succedaneum is a swelling of an infant’s scalp that usually occurs during a difficult, head-first delivery.

Cephalohematoma
This is bleeding that occurs under one of the cranial bones. It usually appears as a raised lump on a baby’s head a few hours after birth.

Bruising/forceps marks
This type of injury is usually the result of trauma from passing through the birth canal and contacting the mother’s pelvic bones or the use a doctor’s forceps during delivery.

Subconjunctival hemorrhage
Broken blood vessels in the eyes of a baby is known as a sunbconjunctival hemorrhage. It is identified by a bright red band around one or both of the irises.

Facial paralysis
A baby’s facial nerves can be damaged during birth by pressure or forceps, resulting in facial paralysis. Bruised nerves can heal on their own, while torn nerves may require surgery.

Fractures
The most common fractures to a newborn baby are of the clavicle (collar bone). Fractures often occur during a difficult or breached delivery.

Birth injury lawyers in Pittsburgh & Erie, PA

Many birth injuries are the result of natural causes such as a large baby or a baby born prematurely. In many cases, a child is born breeched or complications arise during a long or difficult labor. However, sometimes, a birth injury can be attributed to negligent care by medical professionals. If this can be proven under birth injury laws, a family may be eligible to receive compensation for:

  • Present and future medical care and rehabilitation
  • Special needs for nursing and education
  • Future lost earnings
  • Physical and emotional pain and suffering 

The McClelland Law Group is an experienced Pittsburgh birth injury law firm

A birth injury can be emotionally and financially devastating to a family. If you have any reason to suspect your child’s injury was caused by negligence, contact us for a free consultation. Our Pittsburgh attorneys have experience dealing with birth injuries and are committed to making sure you receive the compensation necessary to care for your child.