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Fact Sheet About Birth Injury

The Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, which is a medical journal published a study in 2003 that reviewed birth injuries that were attributable to medical negligence. The study identified several risk factors that tended to place a baby at a higher risk of a suffering a birth-related injury. Some of the study’s more interesting revelations include:

  • Nearly three percent of childbirths result in some sort of birth-related injury to the child.
  • Injuries to the scalp, bones and clavicles are the most commonly reported birth injuries.
  • Boys are more likely to suffer a birth injury than girls.
  • The race of the baby seems to play a role in whether the child is more likely to suffer a birth injury – Asian and Pacific Islander babies have a higher likelihood of experiencing a birth injury.
  • Heavier babies tend to suffer a higher rate of birth injury.

Starting life with a birth injury is unfortunate, and there will be some babies and their families in Toms River who will have to deal with the consequence of a doctor’s medical negligence. When your child has been the victim of a birth injury, you need to consult with an experienced birth injury lawyer immediately.

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Common Types of Birth Injuries

Babies are a particularly vulnerable group of individuals when it comes to medical negligence. They are so young, delicate and fragile. A handful of the most commonly reported birth injuries include, but are not limited to:

Nerve damage.

Babies have delicate spines and fragile nerves that can easily be torn, ripped or severed if a doctor is not careful. Damage to the nerves can result in mobility issues, sensory problems and pain for the baby.

Injuries to the baby’s head and scalp.

Babies are likely to suffer injuries to the brain, head and scalp during birth, as these are some of the body parts that undergo a lot of trauma during birth.

Broken bones.

Babies have a high rate of broken and fractured bones during birth since their skeletons are often contorted or compressed during birth. Broken bones can take a long time to heal.

Caput Succedaneum

Caput succedaneum is a condition that can occur during long and difficult deliveries and presents itself as a swelling of a newborn’s scalp. It often occurs as a result of excessive pressure being applied to an infant’s head during childbirth.

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The birth injury attorneys at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. have been working with families for many decades to obtain compensation for birth injuries due to medical negligence. Let us help you and your family get through this tough situation. Contact Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. to handle your birth injury and medical negligence case today. Our Toms River birth injury attorneys will guide you through your legal options and will work hard to get you the maximum compensation that you are eligible for.

Investigating Birth Injuries Requires Resources

Birth injuries are often times the result of medical negligence during the delivery process or during the administration of post-delivery care to the child. Getting down to the cause of the injury, and examining the fully extent and scope of the child’s birth injury requires a significant amount of time and resources. The birth injury lawyers at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C., have more than 40 years of experience helping clients obtain compensation for birth injuries, and also has access to a wide network of trusted professionals who can offer their expertise to your child’s birth injury claim.

In addition to a thorough investigation into the child’s injury and resulting harm, a number of professionals will be relied upon to offer input on the state of the injuries, their likely source or cause, and whether the child will have long-lasting impacts from his or her birth injuries. The team of birth injury lawyers at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. includes several former doctors and registered nurses who can add valuable insight to your birth injury case.


When your child suffers harm due to the negligence of a doctor or other medical professional, you need the support of an experienced birth injury attorney on your side fighting for your child’s right to financial compensation. The birth injury lawyers at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, PC have experience working with families like yours, and we are ready and available to help you with your birth injury claim.

Take advantage of our free birth injury consultation today. Nothing can undo the harm that your child has been through, but it is possible to obtain financial compensation for that harm. Let us help you get the maximum possible recovery in your case for you.


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