Many women who are in labor don't assume that there will be complications during the birth that might injure the baby. When those types of birth injuries do occur, parents often look to medical professionals for reassurance that their baby will lead a normal life despite the injuries. Sadly, some birth injuries lead to life-long complications that can mar the child's ability to lead a normal life. While serious birth injuries aren't as common as they were decades ago, Pennsylvania parents should be aware of their rights if their child is injured during birth.
Because the head is usually the first body part in the birth canal, birth injuries to the brain or head might occur. For some infants, an intracranial hemorrhage, or bleeding in the brain, occurs. In some cases, bleeding in the brain is caused by lack of oxygen during delivery. It can also be caused by skull bone deformities. Bleeding in the brain is very serious, in part because there aren't usually symptoms associated with it. Some infants might experience seizures, lethargy or poor feeding if they are suffering from this.