Birth Injury Symptoms
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Sometimes, new parents suspect that something is not quite right with their child shortly after birth. Parents may be especially wary if their baby had a difficult delivery; after all, difficult deliveries carry a higher likelihood of a birth injury. Sadly, these injuries typically affect a baby’s brain or nerves. Knowing the signs of these injuries is the first step to getting the help your child is going to need.
While some newborns experience minor cuts or bruising after birth, others suffer from much more significant and permanent injuries. Cuts and bruises could be early indicators that your infant suffered injury from trauma during birth. However, the presence of these physical markings is not always an indicator that your child is seriously injured. If you suspect that your baby is suffering from a serious birth injury, it is important that they receive medical attention immediately.
Early indicators of a birth injury include:
- Difficulty eating
- Excessive high-pitched crying
- Light sensitivity
- Arching the back
Signs of a Brain Injury
Brain damage is not always obvious in the earliest days of an infant’s life. As a child grows, their symptoms may become more obvious as they experience delays in cognitive development or exhibit other signs of abnormal function for their age.
Signs of brain damage include:
- A misshapen head or large forehead
- Distorted facial features
- A stiff neck
- Failure to meet developmental milestones such as walking, talking, or reading
- Muscle spasms
- Limp or stiff posture while being held
Signs of Nerve Damage
Because a baby is born head-first, nerve injuries are not uncommon. The brachial plexus is a collection nerves that are nestled between the shoulder and neck. If a doctor or member of a medical staff mishandles a baby’s head or neck, a brachial plexus injury could occur.
Babies with nerve damage often display the following:
- Paralysis in one arm
- Holding a hand in a claw-like position
- Limbs bent toward the body
- Muscle spasms
- Weak reflexes
Birth Injuries & Later Signs
Birth injuries are not always obvious, and a child may only show symptoms as they grow older. As children develop, an inability to accomplish certain tasks is a sign that a birth injury happened in the earliest days of their life. When a child has trouble speaking, using the bathroom, or accomplishing basic day to day tasks, parents should call a doctor immediately. Diagnosing a birth injury will help you hold those responsible for mistakes made during your child’s delivery.
What to Do After a Birth Injury
Children with birth injuries often require medical attention. Unfortunately, getting the medical care your child deserves is not always affordable. With the help of a birth injury attorney, you will have the opportunity to hold responsible parties accountable for the losses your family has suffered. Lost wages, medical debt, and the cost of future care are all recoverable in a medical malpractice case.
Birth Injury Guide is ready to help you find the best possible legal help for your birth injury case. We believe that every family should have access to justice. Keep in mind that birth injury lawyers all work on a contingency fee basis, meaning clients pay nothing upfront. Lawyers only get a fee if they win the case, so anyone in the world can afford the best lawyer for their claim. Our network of accomplished birth injury attorneys will make certain that your family gets the time, attention, and experience they deserve.
Find an experienced birth injury lawyer by calling (844) 243-9993 or by filling our or simple online form. Help is available, and Birth Injury Guide is ready to make sure you find it.