Robert A. Solomon, P.C.
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Birth injuries could be caused by medical malpractice

Living with a disability can be difficult, and it's particularly hard if a child could have lived a life free of diseases or ailments. Birth injuries that cause a child to suffer a disability may not be able to be cured; many will be life-long conditions that must be maintained, monitored and treated regularly.

Some common birth injuries result in one of two main kinds of disorders. The first, cerebral palsy, is a generic term that refers to a disorder of the brain and body. With cerebral palsy, a baby likely suffered and injury to the brain either during delivery, in the womb, or shortly following birth. Hypoxia may also result in cerebral palsy in some cases.

The most common causes of cerebral palsy include the use of harmful prescription medications during pregnancy, premature birth, prolonged bleeding in the brain, or inadequate oxygen levels.

Another kind of palsy that may be caused by birth injuries is Erb's Palsy, also known as Brachial Palsy. This type of palsy only takes place when a child suffers an injury to the brachial plexus. This is a nerve group that everyone has; it travels between the arm, hand, and spinal cord.

When there's too much pressure on a child's shoulder, head or neck during delivery, Erb's Palsy can result. Erb's Palsy can lead to paralysis of the limb, a lack of movement or difficulty with movement in the fingers and hands or a loss of sensation.

For babies who have suffered these injuries, negligence could have been a cause. Our website has more information on various birth injuries and what to do if you think your child has suffered due to medical malpractice.

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