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What can cause brain damage in a newborn?

The birth of a child is usually the most joyous occasion in any parent's life. However, when a birth injury causes significant brain damage to a newborn, a moment that was meant to be cherished for a lifetime can quickly become tragic. If parents in New Jersey suspect that their child was injured due to an attending obstetrician or other health care provider's failure to act, they may choose to seek compensation through a medical malpractice claim.

Severely reduced oxygen levels can have serious and long-term implications for a newborn child. There are various reasons that can cause a newborn to experience a reduction in oxygen levels, including a damaged umbilical cord or problems with the placenta. This lack of oxygen can cause brain swelling and other damage to the child.

If trauma occurs during labor and delivery, a newborn can suffer from various injuries, including brain damage, cerebral bleeds and even skull fractures. While trauma can randomly occur during labor, it can also be inflicted by failing to use certain tools in an appropriate manner. Medical tools such as a vacuum or forceps are used to help extract an infant from the birth canal but, when not used correctly, can impart serious damage.

It is up to an obstetrician and other healthcare workers to continuously monitor a mother and her unborn child during the labor and delivery process. When they fail to do so, or if they act inappropriately with certain medical tools, then it is possible for a newborn child to suffer a serious and lifelong birth injury. New Jersey parents who believe that their child's brain damage was caused by a healthcare worker's negligence may pursue a medical malpractice suit. If successfully litigated, compensation may ensure that related medical bills are other financial damages are covered.

Source:, "Labor & Delivery Causes", Sept. 1, 2014

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