Are All Birth Complications Considered Birth Injuries?

by Staff Blogger | November 16th, 2020

Childbirth is a miraculous process that can also be extremely dangerous to both mother and child. In recent decades, infant and maternal mortality rates during childbirth have plummeted due to better access to medical care and more advanced interventions when complications arise. However, childbirth can still be physically traumatic for both mother and child, leading to both short-term and long-term injuries.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia birth injury attorneys help women who were injured or whose babies were injured before, during, or shortly after delivery. There are many types of debilitating birth injuries that women and their babies can suffer, including cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy, uterine rupture, and more. But women and babies also frequently suffer less serious injuries and complications, and those may not be considered birth injuries.

For example, tearing of the perineum is a common complication during delivery, but it rarely puts mothers or their babies at risk. An umbilical cord that’s wrapped around a baby’s neck can range from harmless to life-threatening, and when it happens, it’s also not always considered a birth injury. Another example includes babies in non-optimal positions for birth, including breech positions. These babies often must be delivered via C-section.

It can be difficult for mothers and fathers to determine if a birth injury occurred after the birth of their child. That’s why we believe that all new parents should contact a lawyer right away after their children are born if they suspect anything serious went wrong. When you call us, our lawyers will review the facts of what happened, give you an honest opinion on your chances of getting compensation, and then work hard to help you recover the money you deserve. Call today.