What are common birth injuries caused by medical malpractice?

Many times little girls grow up with the dream of having children of their own. They plan and save to give their child the lives they deserve. Sometimes there are life events that can totally change these plans in an instant. One heartbreaking event that might take place is a birth injury caused by medical malpractice.

There are many ways in which a birth injury may take place. There are times when the birth injury is caused by circumstances that are unavoidable. There are many other times a birth injury is caused by negligence of the doctor or medical staff.

While there are several ways in which a doctor or staff may cause a birth injury, three common results are:

  • Cerebral palsy. This condition is often affects the child’s brain and nervous system. Cerebral palsy is often caused due to lack of oxygen to the brain or trauma to the head. A child may suffer from tremors or have difficulty walking or speaking. The effects can range from mild to nearly crippling, and may last for the rest of the individual’s life.
  • Erb’s palsy. Erb’s palsy is caused by an unnatural twisting or stretching the child’s arm and shoulder. The child who has Erb’s palsy can experience complete paralysis in the affected arm.
  • Death. Sadly, when negligence occurs it can cause death to the child. There are many ways in which negligence can cause the death of the child.


If you or your child has experienced an injury during the birthing process and believe negligence was involved, you may be entitled to compensation. To discuss your legal options call 757.625.1214 today.