Infants are perhaps the most vulnerable members of society, and though much is done to ensure their safety during the birthing process, they can become injured when doctors and nurses fail to perform their duties adequately. Unfortunately, this negligence often results in lifelong injuries that will forever haunt the child and their family.

Common Injuries at Birth

Brain injuries are perhaps most commonly associated with athletes, but infants can also experience serious brain injuries that effect them for the rest of their lives. Common birth injuries include:

  • Erb’s Palsy, an injury to the brachial plexus in which the nerves in the upper arm is injured.
  • Cerebral Palsy, a collection of neurological disorders that occur when a doctor uses equipment improperly.
  • Klumpke’s Palsy, an injury that occurs when a child’s neck is stretched
  • Facial paralysis, in which a child’s face is permanently paralyzed due to a doctor’s negligence
  • Brain Injuries, though considered rare, frequently stem from a doctor’s mistake in the delivery room
  • Delayed C-section

Medical Mistakes Leading to Brain Injuries

Birthing tools have been used throughout history to help doctors save babies in dangerous delivery situations. Unfortunately, though, these tools can turn deadly when used incorrectly. Forceps injuries are frequently to blame for infant brain injuries, as are vacuum extraction injuries. The use of both tools can cause serious trauma to the brain and in some cases, bleeding in the skull. The outcome is often serious and lasts a lifetime. In the hands of an inexperienced or negligent physician, a birthing tool can become dangerous. If your child was delivered with the assistance of such tools and suffered a brain injury as a result, you may be entitled to compensation.

All surgeries carry risks, and C-sections are no different. But when a C-section is delayed, the baby’s life is in jeopardy. If a mother is experiencing prolonged labor due to a large fetal head, for example, it can impact the baby’s blood and oxygen supply. This can lead to cerebral palsy, hypoxic brain injury and periventricular leukomalacia, a type of brain damage.

An attorney can help you seek a settlement to cover the lifetime of medical bills you may have ahead of you, along with compensation for long-term care for your child.

Virginia Brain Injury Lawyers

Richard Serpe, a Virginia brain injury lawyer, represents victims that have sustained a traumatic brain injury in an accident that was caused by the negligence of someone else. If you or a loved one is suffering from the effects of a brain injury, you can be sure that your case will be handled with the respect, dedication and urgency that it deserves. Visit for more information.