The process of labor and delivery is highly complicated and extremely unpredictable. As parents, we trust that our doctors and medical professionals will guide us through the process of childbirth with the highest standards of care. Each doctor must be able to make split-second decisions to protect the health and safety of the newborn. It is when trained physicians fail to notice warning signs or deviate from the accepted standards of care that children are harmed unnecessarily. The attorneys at The Birth Injury Legal Network want to protect you from this type of medical negligence.

The most serious birth injuries are those that affect a child's brain. A lack of oxygen during delivery (hypoxia), or bleeding within the skull or brain is usually what causes birth injuries and often results in irreversible brain damage. A shortage of oxygen can be caused by a number of things, including an unusual birth position, the placenta separating from the uterus wall too early, a problem with circulation in the umbilical cord, or a labor that is too long or too short. Most medical malpractice claims that stem from this cause of injury allege that doctors or medical professionals failed to anticipate, recognize or react to these dangerous scenarios. Use of excessive force, failure to properly anticipate the size of the child, and failure to order a C-section are other factors that can lead to birth injuries.

In this website, we will discuss the most common types of birth injuries like Cerebral Palsy and Erb's Palsy/Brachial Plexus Injuries. Please visit our Other Birth Injuries page to read about some less common birth injuries or call our birth injury attorneys for more information at 1-800-732-5243.

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First of all, if your baby sustained a birth injury during labor or delivery, you need to find out all the facts about what happened. An experienced birth injury attorney can help you investigate and decide if and when negligence occurred.

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