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Fact Sheet About Birth Injury

Babies are some of the most vulnerable victims. In 2003, the research journal Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology published research showing that birth injuries occur in approximately three percent of births. Several risk factors associated with an increased rate of birth injuries identified by researchers include:

  • The sex of the child. Male children are more likely to suffer birth defects that female children.
  • Newborns having a higher than average birth weight are more likely to suffer a birth injury.
  • Race appears to be a factor, with Pacific Islander or Asian descent babies experiencing a higher rate of birth injury.
  • Births where medical devices were used during the birth have a higher rate of producing birth injuries.

So many babies are born in Paterson each year, and some of those babies will suffer birth injuries. When birth injuries are preventable injuries, someone should be held liable for the harm that is caused to the victim newborn.

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Common Types of Birth Injuries

While the medical procedure associated with childbirth has significantly improved over the past few decades, birth injuries still happen. Birth injuries can take many forms, and some of the most commonly cited birth injuries include:

Injuries to the baby’s skeletal system.

Babies have incredibly fragile bone structure and bones could be broken or fractured during a delivery. Broken bones can be incredibly painful for a newborn, and can take a long time to heal.

Cerebral palsy.

When a baby is deprived of oxygen for too long, brain and organ damage can result. Lack of oxygenated blood to the brain can produce cerebral palsy, which can produce developmental difficulties in the child.

Perinatal asphyxia.

Perinatal asphyxia is another oxygen deprivation condition that can affect a newborn.

Injuries to the baby’s brachial plexus nerve bundle.

Like a baby’s skeleton is fragile, a baby’s nervous system is also very delicate. A baby could suffer damage to the bundle of nerves situated between the baby’s neck and shoulder, called the brachial plexus of nerves.

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The Paterson, New Jersey birth injury lawyers at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. have over forty years of experience helping families obtain recovery after suffering a birth injury. Our team understands what you and your family are going through and we want to help.Contact Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. to handle your birth injury case today. A birth injury can take a toll on your child and your family. Contact our firm today so that we can help you and your family get through this tough situation.

Investigating Birth Injuries Requires Resources

Babies depend on adults for many things, but when a baby is injured during delivery, the child needs the help of adults more than ever. When a birth injury is due to the negligence of a doctor or other medical professional or the injury was preventable in nature, someone needs to be held accountable for the injuries that the child suffered. A thorough investigation requires much time, effort and resources, and the professionals at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. have the experience and resources it takes to help you recover the maximum possible amount for your child’s birth injuries.

Your lawyers will carefully review the facts and circumstances surrounding your child’s birth injuries, and will look for any evidence of medical negligence. A number of experts and doctors will be consulted to determine whether the delivering doctor or other medical professional deviated from his or her standard of care during the delivery and post-delivery care of the child. Lawyers will review hospital and standard operating procedures to see if the doctor or medical professional breached his or her duty of care and was negligent during the delivery.


Medical evidence is critical to building a strong and successful birth injury case. Specialists and other doctors will be relied upon to conduct a thorough evaluation of your child’s injuries, and these specialists will generate a report on what they believe caused the birth injuries. Any test results, doctor’s notes and scans can be used as medical evidence in support of your child’s birth injury claims. The birth injury lawyers of Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. have been serving clients in Paterson, New Jersey and the surrounding areas for many years and we know what it takes to prepare a strong birth injury case against those who should be held accountable for your child’s injuries.

Take advantage of our free birth injury consultation today. You and your family may have legal options if your child was injured due to the negligence of a doctor or other medical professional. Let us help you get the compensation that you need.


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