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Four commonly suffered birth injuries

When expecting mothers in New York prepare a birth plan, there is always a concern that things may not go as planned. A baby may come much sooner than expected, the delivery may occur so fast that no pain medication can be administered, or complications may arise necessitating an emergency a C-section. Oftentimes these complications are simply unavoidable, and they occur through no fault of any individual. In some instances, though, medical professionals act negligently or make mistake during the processes, leading to a birth injury suffered by the baby, mother or both.

It is estimated that around 28,000 infants are born with birth injuries on an annual basis. While these injuries can range from minor and temporary to serious, permanent or even deadly.

The last of these common birth injuries is jaundice and cephalohematoma. Cephalohematoma is caused by broken blood vessels during delivery, resulting in blood pooling beneath the scalp. This can cause a lump to form. While the blood should be absorbed back into the body within a few months, this condition could result in decreased red blood levels and cause jaundice.

Some of the most serious birth injury cases involve cerebral palsy and Erb's palsy. Cerebral palsy can result from the baby suffering a lack of oxygen to its brain. Often this comes about because of problems during the birth itself, such as excessive force that leads to head trauma, or a failure to properly monitor the baby's condition during labor. The effects of cerebral palsy may not be immediately apparent, but the child may later show signs of slow mental development, poor physical coordination and problems with vision and hearing. These problems often affect the children throughout their lives.

Erb's palsy, also known as brachial palsy, comes about when the baby suffers injury to nerves that travel from the spinal cord to the brain. The injury often comes about from misuse of forceps or other tools during the birth, and it can lead to partial or full paralysis of the arm or hand.

When a serious birth injury occurs, one's quality of life could be significantly impacted, even creating a need for ongoing medical care. Thus, it is important that those harmed by a birth injury understand what steps they could take to overcome these losses. A medical malpractice action could lead to the recovery of compensation while also holding a negligent medical professional accountable.

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