What Cause Head Trauma During Birth?

Jeff Varcadipane

September 8, 2022

What Cause Head Trauma During Birth?

Pregnant women look forward to safe delivery. Sadly, a considerable percentage experience labor complications leading to birth injuries. For example, a child may suffer head trauma during birth, leading to long-term physical or mental difficulties.

Some effects of head trauma include behavior disorders, emotional problems, coma, hormonal imbalances, and cognitive disorders. Affected children might require specialized surgery, physical therapy, medication, speech therapy, and mobility care.

A large percentage of these head injuries are a result of negligent perinatal medical care. If your child suffered head trauma during birth, a New Jersey birth injury lawyer can pursue the rightful compensation for you and your family.

What Causes Head Trauma During Birth

A difficult delivery might cause doctors to apply excessive force or lateral traction to the child, leading to a head injury. Doctors might also negligently use birth assistance tools like vacuum extractors or obstetrical forceps, causing head trauma. When a doctor misuses these tools, it can lead to serious consequences for the child.

Types of Newborn Head Trauma

Traumatic head injuries in newborns differ in severity and symptoms. Head trauma can happen from medical instruments or improper delivery methods. Physical trauma can cause damage to the brain tissue, which can have permanent effects. If the doctor fails to monitor an infant’s vital signs during delivery, the infant can suffer oxygen deprivation, which can also result in brain damage. 

Both types of head trauma can lead to problems for the child, which can last for their lifetimes. Whether your infant suffered physical head trauma or oxygen deprivation, a negligent doctor should be held accountable.

Signs of Head Trauma From Birth Injuries

There are symptoms that can signal that something is wrong and they need to seek medical attention for their child. Head trauma symptoms vary based on age, severity, and extent of brain damage.

Here are some common symptoms of a birth-related head injury:

  • Stiff muscles
  • High-pitched crying
  • Abnormally small head
  • Excessive drooling
  • Inhibited motor coordination
  • Speech problems
  • Epilepsy
  • Extreme mood swings or depression
  • Memory problems

Effects of Head Trauma On Children

Head trauma may have temporary or long-term effects on your child, which may disappear or change as the child grows. As such, it’s essential to understand the impact of head trauma to find appropriate care.

  • Communication Defects: Head trauma may damage speech and impair the child’s ability to communicate effectively. 
  • Emotional Effects: Children suffering a traumatic head injury may experience mood swings, depression, or anxiety.
  • Cognitive Effects: A child may also suffer impaired thinking ability, memory, reasoning, and thinking speed. 
  • Hormonal Imbalance: Damage to the pituitary gland can affect the hormone levels in the brain. Subsequently, a child may suffer from diabetes, weight gain, anemia, or hair loss.

Speak to an Experienced Birth Injury Lawyer in New Jersey

Besides emotional stress, head trauma to a newborn is financially difficult for the affected parents and families. It’s critical to work with an experienced attorney from Varcadipane & Pinnisi, PC to recover from your and your child’s losses. Contact us online or call us at 866.643.1026 for a free consultation.

 

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