Identifying Latent Birth Injuries
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Identifying Latent Birth Injuries

A latent birth injury is an injury that is not immediately apparent at the time of birth but may become evident days or weeks later. Many latent birth injuries are severe and require medical intervention.


Latent birth injuries can be caused by several factors, including:

  • The detachment of the placenta
  • A delayed C-section
  • A compressed umbilical cord
  • A mother’s high blood pressure
  • Prolonged labor
  • Maternal infection
  • Negligent use of forceps or vacuums during delivery

There are some cases where the underlying cause of the latent birth injury is unknown. Latent injuries are often difficult to diagnose, as they may not present symptoms until long after the birthing process occurs. While many latent injuries can be treated with medication or physical therapy, some may require surgery. In severe cases, latent injuries can lead to permanent disability. As a result, it is crucial for parents to be aware of the potential for latent injuries and to seek medical attention if their child exhibits any unusual symptoms.


There are several signs and symptoms that may indicate a latent birth injury. It is crucial to remember that a delayed milestone in your baby’s life does not necessarily mean there is a latent birth injury. If your baby displays some of these signs or symptoms, it’s best advised to get in touch with your pediatrician or healthcare provider for further evaluation.

  • Showing no emotions
  • Always crying
  • Showing no reactions as early as a week old
  • Not grasping objects by 12 months
  • Not talking
  • Not standing by 15 months

Birth Injury Attorneys

If you suspect that your baby may have a latent birth injury due to the negligence of a health professional, don't hesitate to get in touch with our team at Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen today. We have the resources and expertise to determine if your situation calls for a birth injury lawsuit. To get in touch with a legal expert, contact us at (866) 629-1061 or visit our website to fill out a consultation request form.


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