The Long-Term Effects of a Birth Injury
A birth injury refers to damage to a child before, during, or after the labor and delivery process. While some birth injuries may resolve on their own in days to weeks, others are lifelong.
Below, our Philadelphia personal injury attorneys discuss some of the long-term effects of a birth injury.
Which Birth Injuries Are Permanent?
With certain birth injuries, the damage done to an infant during the birthing process is so severe that it becomes irreversible.
Birth injuries that have life-long effects include the following:
Cerebral palsy (CP)
Severe cases of shoulder dystocia and Erb's palsy
Of these birth injuries, two result from oxygen deprivation. When the brain experiences a lack of oxygen to the brain (hypoxia) or no oxygen to the brain (anoxia) during a long labor and delivery process, brain cells may begin to die. This can result in serious, irreversible brain damage for the infant.
Two consequences of such oxygen deprivation include CP and HIE. Both of these conditions have lasting effects for the remainder of the child’s life. Often, those with CP require the long-term use of mobility assistance devices. Those with HIE may experience severe brain damage and, in some cases, will never be able to care for themselves or earn an income.
The third and fourth of the aforementioned birth injuries—shoulder dystocia and Erb's palsy—are caused by physical damage during the labor and delivery process. When the attending physician pulls or twists the infant too hard, or uses birth assistance devices incorrectly, they may inflict permanent damage to the child’s brachial plexus nerves. This can result in permanent paralysis of the affected arm.
Did Your Child Suffer a Birth Injury? Contact Us Today
At The Beasley Firm, LLC, we are passionate about protecting the rights of children who were injured during the birthing process. We know the serious, often permanent, consequences of birth injuries, and we make it our mission to secure the funds these children will need to receive appropriate medical treatment.
Contact us today at (215) 866-2424 to schedule a free consultation with our team.