A birth injury is damage to a baby during labor and delivery, also known as the birth process. Generally, birth injuries are due to a lack of blood flow (ischemia), a lack of oxygen (hypoxia), acidosis, internal forces (pressure applied by the birth canal), and/or external forces (pressure applied by a healthcare provider). Commonly, a Syracuse birth injury lawsuit is based upon a constellation of medical malpractice, including obstetrician mistakes, obstetrical group errors, and nursing negligence.
There are many risk factors for a birth injury. Risk factors for a birth injury include large-for-date infants, post-date infants, macrosomia, excessive maternal weight gain, gestational diabetes, inadequate pelvis, prolonged labor, rapid labor, and a prior complicated delivery.
Birth injuries can be mild, moderate or severe. Common examples include Erb’s palsy, Klumpke’s paralysis, cerebral palsy, cranial nerve palsy, facial palsy, hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, periventricular leukomalacia, hematomas and fractures.
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