Birth Injury Symptoms: How You Can Tell If Your Child Was Harmed

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If you’re a new parent, you have a lot of new joy and worry on your mind. Unfortunately, the existence of a birth injury can add a lot to the latter.

A birth injury is an injury a baby sustains as a result of negligent prenatal and/or delivery care on the part of a medical professional. Each year, thousands of babies are born in the U.S. with birth injuries, and while not all are the result of medical professional negligence, many of them are.

A few examples of common birth injuries include the following:

If you believe your child may be suffering from one of these conditions, immediately seek a medical diagnosis and/or treatment.

Common Birth Injury Symptoms

Birth injuries aren’t always obvious, and they may not become apparent until later in your child’s life. As a new parent, you might find it especially difficult to tell if your child’s appearance and behavior are typical or indicative of a birth injury.

Some common symptoms of a birth injury include the following:

  • Hypoxia (low oxygen levels) during birth
  • Infant’s failure to begin breathing upon birth
  • Seizures that begin within 48 hours after birth
  • Bruising, swelling, or abrasions on the shoulders, face, or head
  • Unusually limp or stiff limbs
  • Failure to meet typical developmental milestones

New parents are often frightened by things that end up being OK, but it doesn’t hurt to remain vigilant when you suspect your baby is suffering from a birth injury.

Contact an Attorney for Legal Assistance

If you believe your child is suffering from a birth injury caused by a medical professional’s negligence, you can hold them and other parties responsible with legal action. The Law Office of David Kates helps clients pursue a variety of medical malpractice claims, including birth injuries, to help them fight for important compensation.

For more information about our legal assistance, contact us online now and request a free consultation.