Common Types of Birth Injuries 

There are five common types of birth injuries that can occur, and while this isn’t a full list it does cover the most common types. Here are the most common types: 

The first type is brain injuries.  There are various types of brain injuries that could happen, and they are: 

  • Bleeding in the brain 
  • Bleeding in the area where spinal fluids are produced. Often this is in babies whole are born early or have a low birth weight. 
  • Bleeding in the area between the arachnoid membrane and the brain cover 
  • Beeding between the skull and the skull cover, which can cause a bump on the head that can last for several months 
  • Lack of oxygen or blood to the brain during delivery which can result in mental and physical issues. The problems can range in severity depending on the amount of time the brain was deprived of oxygen or blood. 

The second type of injury is damage to the peripheral nerve. This type of injury can prevent arm and hand movement. Typically this type of injury will improve over time but if the nerve was torn during the birthing process then it may never function correctly. 

The third type of injury is damage to the rainal nerve and the spinal cord. This can result from improper rotating, pulling, and stretching of the baby during birth. This can result in facial paralysis or other spinal cord injuries. 

The fourth type of injury during birth is bone fractures. This typically happens during breech births or when the infant is large in size. Babies are born with 300 bones that fuse together to make the 206 bones we have as adults. These bones are soft and can break easily, causing serious injury if not caught. 

The fifth and most uncommon injury is an intra-abdominal wound. This is a blunt abdominal injury that can cause serious damage to the baby’s liver and other organs. If not treated and caught this can result in the death of the infant. 

Most of these injuries can be prevented with proper care and attention from medical providers. If any of these injuries have happened to you and your baby, you should reach out to a medical malpractice lawyer in Fort Lauderdalel, Florida for help today.