What are Common Types of Birth Injuries?

What are Common Types of Birth Injuries?

What are Common Types of Birth Injuries?

The birth of your child is supposed to be a happy occasion and one that marks the growth of your family. When a tragic birth injury jeopardizes your child’s health, happiness, and future, you may find yourself facing an uncertain future.

Birth injuries are some of the most heartbreaking injuries a family can face. Any injury that occurs during pregnancy, labor and delivery, or immediate postpartum period is considered a birth injury. These injuries can range from mild bruises and abrasions to more serious and life-threatening brain injuries.

Common Types of Serious Birth Injuries

The most common types of birth injuries include, but are not limited to:

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is caused by brain damage that is typically suffered during pregnancy, labor or delivery. Two out of every one thousand babies are diagnosed with cerebral palsy. When doctors or nurses fail to recognize signs of fetal distress, the baby’s brain can become deprived of oxygen. This loss of oxygen can lead to brain damage and cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy can cause motor impairments, cognitive problems, and difficulty speaking and communicating.

Brachial Plexus Nerve Injuries

The brachial plexus is a group of nerves that are located in the shoulder and neck. These nerves are responsible for transmitting signals between the spinal cord and the shoulder, arm, and hand. During delivery, improper use of forceps and improper delivery techniques can result in the brachial plexus being damaged. The result can be permanent paralysis and loss of feeling in the affected arm.


Kernicterus is a rare kind of preventable brain damage that occurs when jaundice is not properly diagnosed and treated. Jaundice itself is common and affects up to 80% of all newborns. When doctors or healthcare professionals fail to monitor jaundice closely, however, it may result in excessive buildup of bilirubin in the blood. This can cause severe brain damage and seizures.

Facial Paralysis

During delivery, the delicate nerves and muscles in your baby’s face can become damaged. Improper use of forceps or failure to recognize abnormal fetal presentation can cause facial paralysis in newborns.

Babies with permanent facial paralysis may have speech problems and disfigurement.

Seeking Damages After a Birth Injury

In Rhode Island, injured babies and their families may be able to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against the negligent healthcare provider or institution for the harm they’ve suffered.

Serious birth injuries can result in a lifetime of pain and disability for your baby, and some even result in death.

Babies who suffer a birth injury may need extensive hospitalizations, medical care, and rehabilitation both now – and in the future.

Contact Our Providence Birth Injury Lawyers Today

If your baby suffered a serious birth injury, it is important to know where you can turn for help. Birth injuries can be catastrophic and may result in a lifetime of pain and suffering for your child. When another person’s negligence led to your child’s injury, we can help.

At Mandell, Boisclair & Mandell, Ltd, our Providence birth injury attorneys represent injured babies and their families after a devastating birth injury. Call us today at (401) 283-0745 or fill out our confidential contact form for a free initial consultation and review of your case.