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Are all birth injuries serious?

Most parents will tell you that all they want from childbirth is a healthy baby. Birth is a complicated process during which life is fragile, and the birth experience itself can cause trauma.

What qualifies as a birth injury or birth trauma?

Any injury resulting from delivery or a surgical birth process is technically a birth injury in medical terms. The legal assignment of responsibility for a birth injury may be a different issue, as some birth injuries may be considered unavoidable.

What can cause a difficult birth?

A baby in the breech position, who emerges feet first, may have trouble breathing in the first moments of life. Large babies are often hard to birth and premature infants can also struggle.

What are the common types of birth injuries?

Breathing problems can cause neurological problems throughout life, and pressure on the baby's face or other body parts during birth may cause paralysis. Normal bruising caused by the birth process usually disappears quickly.

What should a parent do after a birth injury?

Minor conditions should be monitored closely with medical advice. Potentially serious injuries with far-reaching consequences should receive appropriate medical attention.

What if a doctor or hospital staff member may have been responsible for an injury?

An attorney can help sort out the facts around a birth injury and help your family determine if a lawsuit is warranted. A lawsuit can help prepare families to deal with the consequences of birth injuries -- which often last a lifetime. Bith injury lawsuits are designed to provide the funds families need to care for their wounded newborn far into the future.

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