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Common Birth Injuries and How a Philadelphia Personal Injury Attorney Can Help

“Birth” and “injury” are two medical phrases that you never want to hear used together: it represents every parent’s worst nightmare, something going terribly wrong at the time of your greatest hope for the future. Unfortunately, birth injuries and accidents do occur for a number of reasons. Some difficult births are unforeseen, and others are preventable – some times a trauma that takes place during birth is not only preventable, but is actually the fault of the medical team or facility that the parents trusted with this important moment in their child’s life. If you or someone you love has been affected by a birth injury, it is important that you understand all of the ramifications of the injury on your child’s life so that you can make sure that you have the resources you need to provide for their future. The attorneys at Philly Justice have a record of successfully representing the families of those who have suffered a birth injury, and we can help you too.

There are a number of common causes of birth injuries, and some injuries occur more often than others. In many cases a birth injury can result from a baby that is very large, weighing over 8 lbs, 13 ounces. Babies that are premature and born prior to 37 weeks gestational age are prone to injury, and so are those whose mothers’ pelvis is not adequate for a vaginal birth. Prolonged or difficult labor and abnormal birthing presentation can all contribute to a high risk of trauma at birth. A physician and medical team that is diligent and provides appropriate medical care knows how to deal with all of these complications. Unfortunately, there are many instances in which health professionals are negligent. When they provide care that falls below what is expected of them by their patients and other professionals in the field, terribly injuries can occur.

Some of the most common birth injuries include:

  • Fractures of the clavicle or collarbone
  • Brachial palsy, which occurs when the nerves that supply the arms and hands are injured
  • Facial paralysis, which occurs when the facial nerve is injured during labor or birth or due to the use of forceps for delivery
  • Cerebral palsy

Though there are other common birth injuries that can result in bleeding underneath the bones, soft tissues or even around the baby’s eyes, these are generally temporary and do not cause long-term damage or pain. But when a birth trauma causes long-term injury or disability, it is imperative that you have a strong advocate working on behalf of you and your child in order to ensure that you obtain compensation to pay for past and current medical bills, as well as any needs that the injury creates for the rest of your child’s life.

For an experienced, compassionate attorney who understands the pain, stress, grief, and frustration caused by a birth injury and who knows how to do something about it, contact the law firm of Philly Justice today.