The most common birth injuries in the United States are:
- Erb’s Palsy. Also known as shoulder palsy, this condition is caused by injury to nerves in the brachial plexus. Erb's palsy may be caused by the indelicate or careless maneuvering of an infant during delivery. It may present as weakness in one arm, poor grip strength, or complete paralysis.
This birth injury may be a result of labor dystocia - a condition in which fetal positioning or size prevents the baby from progressing down the birth canal.
- Cerebral Palsy. Most often the result of oxygen deprivation during labor and delivery, cerebral palsy impacts muscle strength, movement, and tone. It can also impact posture. Symptoms of cerebral palsy may include muscle rigidity or spasticity, tremors and involuntary movements, writhing or slow movements, and muscles that are either too stiff or too floppy.
This birth injury may be the result of labor dystocia, inadequate monitoring during labor, delayed C-Section, or any complication that causes fetal oxygen deprivation.
- Brain Injury. In addition to cerebral palsy, complications related to perinatal asphyxia include epilepsy, hyperactivity, severe organ damage, and neurodegenerative diseases. Oxygen deprivation during labor and delivery may also prove fatal.
- Spinal Cord Injury. Injury to the spinal cord during delivery may result in a permanent loss of ability. This birth injury may be related to labor dystocia and other unforeseen complications that will require additional assistance during delivery. As with Erb’s palsy, it may be the forceful or careless repositioning of the baby that causes a spinal cord injury during birth.
Birth Injury Damages
The way your child’s birth injury has changed his or her physical, behavioral, mental, and emotional health is unique. It is important to carefully assess how your child’s injury has and will continue to impact your family when trying to determine what your case is truly worth.
At Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance, our birth injury lawyers have substantial experience handling these complex and difficult cases. To learn more about our experience with birth injuries or to schedule a complimentary case review, please contact us today.
Damages that may be sought in a birth injury case include:
- Medical and rehabilitation expenses
- Adaptive technologies
- Home modifications
- Special schooling or care
- Personal pain and suffering
There are a number of expenses related to birth injuries and the long-term disabilities they can cause. Our attorneys are here to listen to the ways your child’s injury has and will continue to impact your family – and to fight tooth and nail for the full compensation you are due.
Please call Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance at 404-760-7400 for an obligation and cost-free consultation. Honest, thoughtful, and effective, our birth injury lawyers serve families living in Atlanta, Savanah, Decatur, and all surrounding Georgia communities.