Examples of Common Birth Injuries

Pregnancy can be a time of joy and happiness. However, it is also often a time of significant stress, especially for expecting mothers who are concerned about having a healthy baby.

Medical malpractice is, unfortunately, very common in the United States, especially when it comes to prenatal care, labor, and delivery. According to reports, obstetricians are very likely to be involved in malpractice suits.1 The last thing mothers want to worry about are the potential complications that may result in serious birth-related injuries. These complications can result in lasting injuries to the mother or the baby or they may even result in death.

Some examples of common birth injuries include:

Wrongful Death Complications during pregnancy may put the life of a mother or child at risk. Sometimes, even both lives are at risk. An obstetrician’s negligence can result in serious problems, and it may result in a wrongful death during the pregnancy.

Placental Abruption During birth, the placenta may separate from the uterine wall. This process deprives the child of oxygen and essential nutrients. As a result, a child may be born prematurely, stillborn, or with some birth defect. It can also cause complications for the mother including heavy internal bleeding, infection, and shock.

Cystic Fibrosis This genetic condition occurs only whenever the defective genes are passed by two carrier parents. Fortunately, the gene causing cystic fibrosis is easily detectable. As such, parents have reasonable access to the testing that would help better identify these genetic deformities. Further, this testing allows for the accurate and timely testing of a child in utero, giving parents the information necessary to determine whether or not to legally abort the pregnancy. Parents of a child born with cystic fibrosis may have legal recourse through a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Cerebral PalsyCerebral palsy2 is a birth injury that can often be avoided. This congenital disorder directly affects movement and muscle tone. The negative effects to the child’s brain can be the result of oxygen deprivation, infection, or trauma. While cerebral palsy does not always result from medical malpractice, greater care may reduce the number of children affected by this life-changing birth defect.

Breech Birth Obstetricians should always anticipate a breech birth, as doctors can perform procedures to evaluate the child’s position prior to birth. Complications from a breech birth may be serious and a loss of oxygen can cause developmental delays or cerebral palsy, among other things.

Negligent C-Section Sometimes, a woman must give birth by c-section. This procedure, while more common today, is complicated and is a major surgical procedure that may place the mother at risk. A doctor may act negligently when performing a c-section, and harm may come to the mother or child as a result. Some examples include:

  • C-section should have been performed but was not ordered,
  • Negligent delay in performing c-section, or
  • Mistakes were made during the procedure.


Birth defects resulting from medical malpractice entitle victims to compensation for losses including medical expenses as well as pain and suffering. Those seeking to recover losses should seek and obtain legal counsel. The attorneys of the Dolman Law Group have the experience and knowledge necessary to address the complexities of your medical malpractice case. Our medical malpractice attorneys will carefully evaluate the facts of your case and develop a legal strategy designed for success. Schedule your free consultation by calling (727) 853-6275 today.

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