Birth Injury Factsheet: Babies Getting Hurt During Birth
According to research conducted at the University of Pittsburgh, birth injuries happen in nearly 30 of every 1,000 births. The three most commonly sustained birth injuries include traumas to an infant’s scalp, skeleton, and clavicle fractures. Several risk factors have been identified for birth injuries, including:
- Babies that are of the male gender run a high chance of suffering a birth injury.
- Babies that are of Asian or Pacific Islander heritage tend to experience a higher rate of birth injury.
- Babies with a higher than average birth weight are more likely to suffer birth injuries.
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Injuries suffered during birth can be devastating, and can affect the rest of a child’s life. Each year, children are born with birth injuries in and around Atlantic County, and these victims and their families are often entitled to significant financial compensation.
Common Types of Birth Injuries
A birth can be difficult or complicated, and when it is, there is a higher chance that the baby or mother can suffer injuries during the birth. Some of the most common birth injuries include:
Cerebral palsy is the most common motor disability in children and encompasses a range of brain injuries that can arise during the delivery process. People with cerebral palsy often require in-home medical care for the duration of their lives and sometimes are unable to care for themselves at all.
Brachial Plexus Injuries
The brachial plexus is network of nerves that runs from the spine into the shoulder, hand, and arm. During birth, a brachial plexus injury can occur due to stretching or pulling on the baby’s head. Treatment usually requires intensive therapy or invasive surgery.
Forces placed on a newborn’s body during birth can break or fracture bones. If a break is not identified and treated properly, the baby can develop a deformity.
Caput succedaneum is a condition where the baby’s scalp swells due to excessive pressure being applied to the baby’s head during birth.
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Investigating Birth Injuries Requires Resources
In birth injury cases, it is important to determine the specific cause of the injury, and getting to the root of the injury typically requires a significant investment of time, money, and other resources. Understanding the type of medical negligence that produced the birth injury requires a thorough investigation into the medical procedures involved with the victim child’s birth. A law firm with the knowledge and resources required to successfully litigate birth injury cases is the best means for ensuring that you and your family obtain the maximum recovery you can possibly get.
As an initial matter, it is critical that trusted medical professionals provide you with a thorough examination, and prepare medical reports and opinions concerning the birth injury and how it happened. An expert physician familiar with modern childbirth procedures may be able to review the facts of your case and could identify specific acts or omissions that deviated from the accepted standard of care in the medical profession.
Witness testimony provided by the medical professionals and other witnesses who observed the birth can shine light on how the injury occurred. Medical documents and files related to the birth and the resulting injuries will be collected and reviewed. A law firm that has experience regularly handling birth injury and medical negligence cases will be able to navigate the available evidence and can prepare your strongest case possible.
The attorneys of Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. have been helping those injured during birth in Atlantic County for more than 40 years to get the compensation that they deserve and we can help you. We are familiar with how to collect, understand, and present evidence in support of your case and have the financial resources required to obtain the most qualified experts available.
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The skilled birth injury lawyers Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. are held in high esteem by their peers and have consistently been rated “preeminent” by nationally recognized lawyer rankings publisher LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell. Some of our verdicts and settlements for medical negligence claims include:
$7.5 million recovery for a newborn and the newborn’s family after the child developed cerebral palsy due to the negligence of the physician during childbirth.
A $3.25 million recovery on behalf of a client who suffered vision loss after the negligent administration of anesthesia.
An award of $14.5 million for a client who suffered brain damage because of negligent post-operative care.
While results in prior cases do not guarantee similar results in your case the following listing of recent case victories should hopefully provide you with the assurance that we are experienced and know how to get you the compensation you deserve.