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Common Types of Birth Injuries


The consequences of injuries to a baby during difficult labor and delivery may range from mild to severe and may be temporary or permanent. These traumatic birth-related injuries may involve the other parts of the body and specifically, the brain. Some of the most common preventable birth injuries may even result in death.

Preventable birth injuries that are the most common include:

  • Brain injury from birth (which also includes Cerebral Palsy)
  • Brachial plexus birth injuries (including Erb’s Palsy)
  • Kernicterus resulting from untreated jaundice
  • Spasticity
  • Paralysis
  • Meconium aspiration
  • Excessive and abnormal bleeding
  • A myriad of Infections
  • Subcutaneous bleeding beneath the scalp
  • Subdermal bleeding inside the skull
  • Bruising resulting from improper use/force from forceps
  • Internal Skull fractures
  • Clavicle fractures and resulting trauma
  • Cranial nerve trauma
  • Hypoxia
  • Traumatic spinal cord damage
  • Irreversible facial paralysis
  • Skin irritations and dermis reactions
  • Soft tissue injuries including muscles, ligaments, and tendons
  • Stillbirth after 20th week of pregnancy

Determining the level of care needed and who will pay for specialized care can be a daunting and overwhelming process for many parents. If your child has suffered preventable birth injuries, the compensation you may receive from a successful birth injury lawsuit can help to optimize their quality of life. Potter Law, LLC has the trial lawyers to help you and your loved ones receive the care and compensation you deserve.