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Birth injury » Natural birth injuries


A birth injury can be defined as damage sustained during the birthing process to mother, child or both. Many birth injuries are preventable and are a result of medical negligence for which birth injury compensation can be claimed. However, a number of birth injuries are not preventable; they are naturally occurring and a way of life.

Most birth injuries happen during transit through the birth canal and some of these are discussed below:

Head injuries
As the first part to enter the birth canal in the majority of births, the head can undergo a great deal of pressure during delivery. Swelling and bruising is common but not serious and usually heals within a few days. Cephalohematoma, a bleeding injury where a soft lump forms over the surface of one of the skull bones but below its thick fibrous covering, isnt regarded as serious either. No treatment is necessary and the lump will disappear within a few weeks.

Bone injury
It is rare for bones to be broken during delivery but it is possible. A fractured collarbone is the most frequent breakage. Fractures of bones in newborns nearly always heal completely and rapidly with the help of a splint.

Birth marks
The most notable types of birth mark are Mongolian spots and strawberry hemangioma. Mongolian spots are blue/grey marks that may appear over the lower back or buttocks of black or Asian newborns. Although these can look like bruises, they are not and cause no pain to the child. On the other hand, a strawberry birthmark is a flat pink/area on the skin. This may darken and become raised, resembling a strawberry, over a period of weeks. These may take years to shrink and become lighter but most are no longer visible by school age.

While these birth injuries and blemishes may not be eligible for birth injury compensation there are many birth injuries from brachial plexus injury to cerebral palsy that are. We realise that such personal injuries can have a huge impact on you and your family and this is why we want to help you get the compensation that you are entitled to.

Make a birth injury compensation claim with us today


Have you or a member of your family been harmed before, during or after delivery? Are you now living with a personal injury? You could be entitled to birth injury compensation.

HappyClaim has helped thousands of people to get the compensation that they deserve and we are sure that we can help you too.

When you make a claim through us you will have access to our panel of personal injury solicitors who are not only experts with birth injury cases and work on a no win, no fee basis but are also governed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

So get in contact with us and make a compensation claim today, send us a call back request so we can get back to you at whatever time of day, filling out an online claim form with details of your accident and injuries or calling us on 01582 437070.