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Fact Sheet About Birth Injury

Preventable birth injuries are devastating to newborn babies and their parent. Most commonly caused by physician negligence, birth injuries can have permanent and tragic implications. Consider the following facts about birth injuries in the U.S.:

  • Birth injuries occur at a rate of approximately six to eight injuries per 1,000 live births;
  • The risk of a birth injury increases when delivery instruments are used, such as vacuum extractors and forceps; and
  • Babies who are of larger-than-average size have a higher risk of sustaining a birth injury, according to Medscape.

If your baby is injured during the birthing process, and you suspect that malpractice was to blame, the Clifton birth injury attorneys at the law firm of Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. want to meet with you to discuss your case and how to recover compensation.

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Types of Birth Injuries

There are dozens of potential birth injuries that a child may fall victim to when negligence during the gestation or childbirth occurs. Some of the most common types of birth injuries include:

Brachial plexus injuries.

The brachial plexus refers to a collection of nerves near the shoulder. When the shoulder or arm is twisted or pulled, the nerve group can be impacted, resulting in weakness, lack of mobility, and even paralysis.

Cranial nerve injuries.

Running from the base of the brain into the head, cranial nerves serve a variety of purposes, including sensation. A cranial nerve injury may result from hyperextension, traction, or overstretching.

Spinal cord injuries.

Responsible for movement, spinal cord injuries are particularly catastrophic. If the spinal cord is injured, complete or partial paralysis may result.

Traumatic brain injuries.

A traumatic brain injury during birth occur, most commonly, when the fetus/baby is deprived of oxygen for a prolonged amount of time. Failing to take immediately action when oxygen levels are low can have devastating consequences.

Facial nerve palsy.

Just before or at the time of delivery, the baby’s facial nerve (seventh cranial nerve) may be damaged. This may be caused by a number of factors, including the use of forceps or a vacuum extractor, epidural, prolonged labor, or induced labor.

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The Clifton birth injury lawyers of Cohen, Placitella & Roth, PC are qualified to represent individuals who have sustained a variety of injuries during childbirth. We have been representing the rights of people injured in preventable accidents for more than 40 years and work hard to ensure that each client we represent gets the maximum amount of compensation possible.

Investigating Birth Injuries Requires Resources

Dealing with the aftermath of a birth injury is incredibly difficult. Not only must your family cope with your child’s injury and learn how to treat and manage it, but in order to recover compensation a thorough investigation must be conducted as soon as possible. Investigating a birth injury is no easy feat; the Clifton birth injury attorneys at the law firm of Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. have the resources your case demands.

Our team of lawyers will partners with investigative and medical experts in order to get to the bottom of how your child’s birth injury occurred and the role that malpractice may have caused. To do so, we will pour through medical records, meet with medical experts, and analyze all evidence related to your case.


Recovering and interpreting evidence is a crucial, but often daunting task. It becomes even more challenging in light of legal time constraints. Evidence must be gathered as soon as possible to avoid a claim being barred by the statute of limitations. We have a large staff of legal assistants and secretaries who are highly skilled at doing exactly this.

Not only do we have the staff and connections that your case demands, but the financial resources as well. The Clifton birth injury attorneys at the law firm of Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. will never ask for you to cover the cost of hiring investigative experts up front. We foot the bill and work on a contingent basis in order to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to recoup the damages that they have lost.


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Over 40 years of Outstanding Results and Hundreds of Millions Recovered for our Birth Injury Victims and Others.

The attorneys of Cohen, Placitella & Roth, PC are skilled birth injury lawyers who are consistently rated “preeminent” by nationally recognized lawyer rankings publisher LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell. We have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of our clients. Some of our verdicts and settlements include:

$14.5 Million

$14.5 million for client who sustained brain damage because of a physician’s negligent post-operative care.

$7.5 million

$7.5 million for a newborn who developed cerebral palsy after being a victim of physician negligence during childbirth.

$3.25 million

$3.25 on behalf of a client who suffered vision loss after the negligent administration of anesthesia.

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.

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