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What Are Common Signs of Birth Injuries?

Childbirth is a moment that every parent looks forward to. Unfortunately, things might not always go as anticipated. Injuries to newborns as a result of medical negligence can and do happen. If parents suspect their child suffered birth injuries due to medical malpractice, then a file can be claimed against the doctor and the hospital where the delivery took place. This may help to ensure that clients get justice and compensation for the pain and financial losses presently and concurrently incurred.

What Are the Common Signs to Look for?

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While some signs of birth injuries may be easily noticeable after delivery, others may not be present until later on in the baby’s development. Also, while some symptoms may indicate a birth injury, they may also indicate other health problems. The following are symptoms that should require immediate attention:

  • Breathlessness
  • Bruises and cuts on the face, head, and shoulders
  • Excessive drooling
  • Weak muscle tone that leads to a floppy appearance
  • Stiff muscle tone that causes a rigid appearance
  • Seizures
  • Fractures
  • Excessive crying characterized by an arched back
  • Excessive fussiness for no apparent reason
  • Light sensitivity
  • Vomiting

The above signs may be noticed a few days or weeks after childbirth injury. However, some signs may appear months or years later, which can include:

  • Walking problems
  • Poor problem-solving skills
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Poor coordination and muscle control, as well as speech control and development

Birth Defects vs. Birth Injuries

There is a difference between congenital disabilities and injuries. Unlike birth injuries that are typically suffered during delivery, congenital disabilities may be natural complications that have nothing to do with a doctor being negligent. This is why parents may need a lawyer who is experienced in handling birth injury claims to help understand the complexities of filing a claim and determining fault.

At Leav & Steinberg LLP, our attorneys are experienced in handling medical malpractice cases, including those involving birth injuries and cerebral palsy. Families in New York, NY and beyond can count on our high rate of success in litigation. If you think your child may have been injured during birth as a result of medical negligence, then contact us today to request a free consultation.