Common Birth Injuries to Babies

Baby in hospital | Kansas City Birth Injury LawyerOxygen Deprivation

A lack of oxygen to the baby’s brain during labor and delivery can lead to various complications, including brain damage and cerebral palsy.

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy encompasses a group of disorders affecting movement and muscle coordination stemming from brain injury.

Shoulder Dystocia

Shoulder dystocia occurs when a baby’s shoulder gets stuck during delivery, causing nerve damage or fractures.

Erb’s Palsy

Erb's palsy is a nerve injury in the shoulder, resulting in weakness or paralysis in the affected arm.

Developmental Delays

Delays in physical or cognitive development can be due to birth trauma or oxygen deprivation.

Fetal Distress

There may be signs of distress during labor or delivery, requiring immediate medical attention to prevent injury.

Common Birth Injuries to Mothers

Postpartum Hemorrhage

Postpartum hemorrhage occurs when the mother bleeds excessively following childbirth. This condition can lead to life-threatening complications.

Perineal Tears

Perineal tears are tears in the tissue between the vagina and anus, often occurring during vaginal delivery.

Uterine Rupture

The uterus can rupture during labor. This poses serious risks to both the mother and the baby.

Epidural-Related Injuries

Some of the complications associated with epidural anesthesia can include nerve damage or infection.

Psychological Trauma

Traumatic birth experiences can cause psychological trauma, such as postpartum depression, PTSD, or other mental health issues.

What Damages Can Be Claimed in a Birth Injury Medical Malpractice Suit?

  • Past and Future Medical Expenses: Coverage for medical treatments, surgeries, therapies, and ongoing care for the life of your child.
  • Pain and Suffering: Compensation for the physical pain and emotional distress your child has suffered, as well as their diminished quality of life.
  • Lost Income: Reimbursement for income lost due to injury-related disabilities or caregiving responsibilities.
  • Disability: Funding for accommodations to support individuals with permanent disabilities.
  • Emotional Trauma and Distress: Compensation for the psychological and emotional impact of birth injuries on both your child and family.
Spencer Eisenmenger
Helping Kansas City area medical malpractice, product liability, birth injury and personal injury clients.