Because they deal with newborn infants, birth injuries are particularly tragic. Complications during pregnancy or delivery, combined with errors or medical malpractice on the part of the doctor or medical staff, can result in permanent and irreversible damage to the baby. Some of the more serious birth injuries include:
Causes of a birth injury lawsuit include the failure of a physician to react properly to signs of patient distress, as well as providing substandard care during pregnancy or the birth process. Many birth injuries involved brain injury or brain damage and some can even result in death. Not all birth injuries are the result of medical malpractice; sometimes even the most competent and reasonable actions cannot prevent injury. There are also less serious instances of birth injury, including skin abrasions, minor bruising, or swelling of the scalp. Combined, major and minor birth injuries account for nearly 6 in every 1000 births in the United States.