Common Birth Injuries

When a child suffers a birth injury, the results can be devastating to parents. In addition to dramatically impacting the things that child will be able to do in life, the injury may require expensive medical attention for the rest of the child's life. When medical mistakes are the reason for the baby's injuries, it may be possible to recover compensation. The attorneys at Rumizen Weisman Co., Ltd., based in Cleveland, Ohio, understand how difficult it can be for parents to navigate the legal system.

When A Baby's Shoulders Become Stuck During Delivery

Known as shoulder dystocia, if a baby's shoulders become stuck in the birth canal, different types of brachial plexus palsy could potentially result:

  • Erb's palsy: Damage impacting a baby's upper nerves of the brachial plexus, potentially leaving the child unable to move his or her upper arm or shoulder
  • Klumpke's palsy: Damage impacting the baby's lower nerves of the brachial plexus, which could result in the inability to move his or her hand or forearm

When Oxygen To A Baby's Brain Is Cut Off

The lack of oxygen during delivery, referred to as hypoxia or anoxia, can lead to serious health issues following delivery. Multiple situations can cause this, including blocked airways, issues with the umbilical cord and the baby becoming stuck in the birth canal. When oxygen is restricted, a baby could suffer brain damage resulting in both intellectual and physical injuries, and the baby may be diagnosed with a variety of conditions.

Spinal Injuries

In the course of a difficult delivery, it is possible a baby could be forced into positions that cause harm. When a baby is delivered in one of those positions — such as breech — his or her spinal cord could be damaged, potentially leading to permanent damage.

Focus On Caring For Your Child, And Let Us Handle The Rest

Just how severe a birth injury is will depend on the circumstances surrounding delivery. If you are caring for a baby who was injured due to negligence during labor and delivery, you may be consumed with medical matters and not know what legal steps to take. At Rumizen Weisman, our lawyers can take care of that side for you so you can focus on caring for your child. Call us at 216-658-5500 or contact us online to learn more.