During childbirth, nerves can be overstretched, damaged, and in extreme cases, ripped or torn in both baby and mother. It is important to remember that although focus is on the infant, many times mothers are susceptible to birth injuries as well. Medical staff should be encouraged to assess a mother for any possible injuries during the postnatal period.
Potential birth injury to an infant can occur during the intense vaginal birthing process. Nerve damage is possible if a child is birthed with their head turned or in another abnormal position. In some situations, these injuries may resolve themselves in a few weeks, in other cases, the infant may need therapy or surgery to correct the damage.
Nerve damage can occur in 1-in-100 women following childbirth. Single nerve damage may occur from the epidural injection, a lengthy childbirth, or excessive stretching of tissue. This may result in a numb area of skin on the leg or limited muscle weakness. In most cases, these injuries are temporary and will resolve themselves within a few weeks. In rare cases the nerve damage can be permanent.
If you believe you or your child has suffered from nerve damage as a result of a birth injury, you should speak to a lawyer to understand if you are entitled to any compensation to assist you or your child’s current and future quality of life.
There are various types of nerve damage that results from trauma during childbirth.
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