As a pregnant woman, you are looking forward to the day when you bring your child into the world. There is nothing more exciting than this moment.
However, there's something you need to know: Birth injuries remain extremely common.
Although you can only do so much to protect the health of you and your baby, having knowledge of common birth injuries may be able to help you avoid a serious situation in the future.
Tip: Do whatever it takes to find an experienced medical team that you can trust. With this peace of mind, you will know that you and your baby are in good hands throughout labor and delivery.
Here are some of the more common birth injuries:
- Cephalohematoma. This is the medical term for bleeding underneath one of the cranial bones.
- Forceps marks. Did the delivery team use forceps? If so, it's possible that this could lead to temporary marks or permanent damage to your child's head or face.
- Fractures. While many bones could fracture during labor or delivery, the most common is the collarbone. In some cases, a mistake by the delivery team leads to the fracture.
- Brachial palsy. This occurs when the brachial plexus is injured during delivery. As a result, the baby may have difficulty using his or her arm in the future. Permanent damage could result from a complete nerve tear.
It goes without saying that there is a big difference between a birth defect and a birth injury. But in some cases, a birth injury has nothing to do with you or your baby and everything to do with a decision made by your medical team.
Even if you visit the best hospital, even if you are confident that your doctor knows what he or she is doing, there is no guarantee that your child won't suffer a birth in jury.
As somebody who has recently given birth, the last thing you want to think about is filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. Even so, you may find yourself in this position if your child suffered a birth injury. By taking the right steps, it's possible that you could receive compensation related to the negligence of your medical team. This money can then be used for treatment, now and in the future, as well as for other financial losses.