Birth Injury Fact Sheet: Born With An Injury
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics, which is the agency of the U.S. Federal Statistical System responsible for providing statistical data on the health of Americans, annually records and reports accident statistics across the U.S. Some of the more significant personal injury statistics include:
- The leading cause of non-fatal personal injury across all ages in 2013 involved accidental falls, slips and trips, which accounted for more than 8 million injuries.
- In 2013, non-fatal personal injuries resulting from car, truck and motorcycle accidents accounted for more than 2.4 million injuries to Americans.
- Animal bites were responsible for 1.17 million non-fatal injuries in this same year.
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There were more than 4,300 births in Newark City in 2011, and over 10,000 in all of Essex County. With such high birth rates, undoubtedly some children will suffer an injury during birth or some sort of birth trauma as they enter the world.
Common Types of Birth Injuries
The types of birth injuries that a newborn can endure are many. Birth injuries exist in a variety of forms, with several common examples of birth injuries including:
Broken and/or Fractured Bones
Babies are very delicate, and when a doctor or nurse is too rough on a baby’s tiny body, the baby can suffer from broken or fractured bones.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Babies also have delicate nervous systems upon birth, and if a doctor or nurse is too rough on the baby’s body, damage to the nervous system can be sustained. Common birth injuries occur to the spinal cord and the brachial plexus nerve, which is situated between the neck and shoulder and is sometimes pulled, stretched or torn during birth.
Injuries Resulting from a Failure to Anticipate Birth Complications
Doctors and nurses are trained to monitor a birth for signs of complication and distress, and a failure to notice these indications, or to take appropriate action upon noticing, can result in injuries to the baby, the mother, or both.
Head and Brain Injuries
Head injuries are one of the most common injuries that babies experience. Brain injuries often occur if the baby’s brain is deprived of oxygen during the birth, while head injuries, such as a cephalohematoma, can happen if delivery instruments are used improperly during birth.
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Investigating Birth Injuries Requires Resources
Suffering a birth injury can be a pretty traumatic experience, especially when your family was expecting a happy and healthy birth. The unexpected is hard to deal with. When you and your family experience a birth injury, one of the first things that needs to be done is a thorough investigation regarding your claim. It is important to assess the injury, how it happened and whether it could have been prevented. Getting to the root cause of a birth injury requires an immense amount of time, energy and resources. You will want a team of highly talented, experienced and knowledgeable birth injury attorneys with the financial resources and support network necessary to complete a thorough investigation into your birth injury claim. The professionals at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, PC are well equipped for the job.
Establishing the facts of your birth injury claim requires consulting with a number of different people. Not only will your birth injury lawyer need to procure any and all witness testimony concerning your claim, in addition to your own accounts of what happened, it will also be important to seek consultation with medical specialists. These specialists will be able to conduct tests and perform examinations, which will enable them to opine on whether your injury could have been prevented if the doctor had taken more care during the birth.
There will also be evidence that will need to be collected as part of the investigation into your birth injury claim. Not only will new medical evidence need to be collected regarding the extent of your injury, but any evidence that is available from before and during the birth will need to be collected.
With so many deliveries of newborn babies occurring in Newark each year, undoubtedly birth injuries are going to occur. At Cohen, Placitella & Roth, PC, we understand the pain that you and your family are experiencing, so we take it upon ourselves to conduct a thorough investigation into your birth injury claim. Our Newark birth injury lawyers will work with trusted medical experts to build a strong case in support of your birth injury claim in order to get you and your family the compensation you deserve.
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