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What birth injuries are caused by medical malpractice

On Behalf of | Jul 17, 2023 | Medical Malpractice

The birth of a child is often one of the most wonderful things in life. Unfortunately, giving birth can sometimes be dangerous to both mother and child.

Although some injuries are unpreventable, some are the doctor’s or nurse’s fault. In this case, medical malpractice might be an issue.

Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)

HIE is a type of brain damage. It happens when the baby lacks oxygen or blood during delivery. This can happen if the doctor does not perform a cesarian in time.

Neonatal Brachial Plexus Palsy

This group of nerves sends signals to the spinal cord, arms, shoulders and hands. It can suffer damage if the baby’s arms or shoulders stretch too much during birth.

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy is another condition that results from insufficient oxygen during birth.


A baby can die from injuries during labor and delivery or a doctor’s failure to act. A birthing mother can die from punctures or infections during labor. This is happening at an alarming rate.

Medical mismanagement and malpractice

Sometimes an injury or death occurs due to mistakes or negligence. Some of these are:

  • Failure to assess risk and respond appropriately
  • Incorrect medications or dosages
  • Improper use of medical equipment
  • Failure to perform procedures promptly
  • Failure to monitor both mother and fetus
  • Failure to respond to stress indicators

These are only a few of the most common things that can happen before, during and after birth.

Remember, doctors and nurses are not perfect and giving birth is still dangerous, particularly if the doctor is careless or not paying attention. Even if the doctor did not cause the injury, they are responsible for managing and minimizing the damage.