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Signs That May Indicate Your Newborn Has A Birth Injury

Signs of A Birth Injury At Birth

A variety of injuries can occur during the birth of your child. From bruising to broken bones, from severe brain damage to stillbirth, many things can go wrong during labor and delivery that can result in lifelong consequences for your newborn and family.

Not all birth injuries rise to the level of medical malpractice or negligence. If you believe that a medical mistake may be to blame for your child's injuries, the Miami birth injury lawyers of Freidin Dobrinsky Brown & Rosenblum, P.A. are happy to discuss your legal options during a complimentary consultation. Contact our South Florida law firm online or at 800-815-6232.

Signs And Symptoms Of Birth Injuries In Infants

For every 1,000 births, it is estimated that six to eight newborns will suffer a birth injury. Birth injuries are not the same as birth defects. Birth injuries typically describe the result of something going wrong during or shortly after labor and delivery, often the result of negligence by the birthing team or medical malpractice by your delivery doctor.

If your newborn suffered a birth injury, you may notice that he or she:

  • Is unresponsive to typical stimuli
  • Has odd or unexplained bruises
  • Has a deformity
  • Has poor muscle control or spastic movements
  • Cannot move an arm, leg or any part of his or her body
  • Is delayed in reaching common developmental milestones, such as attempting to crawl or sit up

You may not notice any signs or symptoms of brain damage or developmental delays that could have been caused by an injury during birth until your son or daughter is preparing for kindergarten when school preparedness testing is done.

Newborn Brain Injuries

Of the possible injuries that can occur during childbirth, brain injuries tend to be the most severe. After spending months hoping for a healthy child, learning that your newborn suffered brain damage because of a medical mistake can be devastating. Knowing that the injury and the lifelong consequences were completely preventable only makes matters worse.

Understanding the signs and symptoms of brain damage in infants or learning how to recognize symptoms of cerebral palsy in a newborn may be the last thing on your mind going into the delivery room. After you have left the hospital and have questions about whether your baby is developing properly, it may be first and foremost. If your baby was unable to breathe at birth or required resuscitation, experienced seizures, has a shrill cry or was kept in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) well after your stay, a brain injury may have occurred during birth.

If your child was diagnosed with a birth injury such as cerebral palsy, Erb's palsy or a brachial plexus injury, you should consult an attorney to discuss obtaining the financial assistance you'll need to provide the lifetime care your child will require. When a medical mistake causes serious, permanent injury, a medical malpractice lawsuit may be your best option to keep the same mistake from causing injury to another innocent newborn.

Contact Our Miami Birth Injury Law Firm

If you are unsure whether your child suffered a birth injury or if your newborn has already been diagnosed with a disorder commonly associated with an injury during birth, please contact Freidin Dobrinsky Brown & Rosenblum, P.A. today. We offer a free initial consultation at any of our South Florida offices and can discuss what may have gone wrong, who may be responsible and your right to financial compensation.

Additional Birth Injury Information

If you believe that a doctor, nurse, or other medical professional involved in your birthing experience made a mistake that caused injury to you or your child, then these additional birth injury resources may be helpful to you:

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