Cerebral Palsy is one of the most well-recognized and common birth injuries. The effects of cerebral palsy can differ significantly from child to child, however, the condition can cause complications and impairments for a child’s entire life. Aside from cerebral palsy, there are many other types of birth injuries that can injure your newborn. The following are only a few injuries that can affect your child besides cerebral palsy.
- Brain bleeds – Subdural hemorrhages and subarachnoid hemorrhages can cause heightened intracranial pressure and may require surgery. Some victims of bleeding on the brain will suffer seizure disorders and other complications.
- Nerve injuries – If a doctor misuses forceps or other equipment or improperly stretches or twists a newborn, nerves can be damaged. The facial nerve can be damaged and can affect the muscles in one side of the face or damage can occur to the nerves in the arm and shoulder, causing significant muscle weakness. In addition, damage to the nerves of the spinal cord can result in likely permanent paralysis of the child below the point of injury.
- Perinatal Asphyxia – This condition is caused by inadequate blood or oxygen flow to the child’s brain either in the womb or during delivery. Sometimes, perinatal asphyxia can involve rapid loss of blood can cause newborns to be weak and have difficulty breathing. In addition, some victims of asphyxia can have lowered brain functioning, seizures, urine and kidney problems, respiratory issues, and more. Asphyxia can cause permanent impairments or even death in some severe cases.
The above are only a few examples of birth injuries that may affect your newborn. Many of these injuries occur because a doctor or medical professional did not act with the appropriate care needed in the situation. In such cases, you can seek compensation for your child’s birth injuries if you can prove that medical malpractice caused your child’s injury.
Contact a Michigan Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Child’s Birth Injury Today
At the office of Michigan Injury Lawyers, we believe that a child’s life should not be complicated or affected by the mistakes of a medical professional during birth. We stand up for the rights of children and parents who are dealing with the effects of a birth injury and we know how to prove when a doctor was negligent. Please call our birth injury attorneys at 313-GETHELP for a free consultation today.
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