Fact Sheet about Birth Injuries: Newborns Injured During Birth
In 2003, a study was conducted and the results were published in the Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology Journal. The article details birth injury statistics in the United States. Points of interest include:
- Approximately 29 babies out of 1,000 suffer some form of birth injury or birth trauma in the United States every year.
- When babies are co-diagnosed with a high birth weight, there is a significantly higher risk of the baby suffering a birth injury during delivery.
- Birth injuries are more likely to happen at public and teaching hospitals in rural areas rather than private hospitals in wealthier or urban areas.
- The use of medical instruments during delivery has an impact on the risk of incurring a birth injury during the delivery process.
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With nearly 1,500 births in Trenton City in 2011, there is no doubt that some children born in Trenton will suffer birth injuries. It is nearly a statistical certainty.
Common Types of Birth Injuries
It might be surprising to learn about how many different types of injuries can occur during a birth. Injuries can happen to the mother, the child, or both. A few of the more common types of birth injuries include:
Infant Brain lnjuries
One of the most common types of birth injury is brain injury. This can be due to rough handling of the child’s head, or because the child suffered a lack of oxygen to the brain during the birth. The umbilical cord may have become compressed during birth and if the doctor failed to notice, it could lead to the child suffering brain injuries.
Spinal Cord and Brachial Plexus Nerve Injuries
When pulling the baby out of the mother, if the child becomes stuck or tangled in the umbilical cord, pulling too hard on the child could cause spinal cord injuries and/or injuries to the brachial plexus nerves, which are located between the neck and shoulder. Paralysis could result.
Injuries from Birthing Instruments
Birthing instruments can cause injuries to the baby. For example, vacuum extraction tools for use on a baby’s head to pull the baby out of the mother during a difficult birth can cause damage to a baby’s head or scalp, and could cause brain bleeds and other injuries.
Compression Injuries, such as Broken Bone and Fractures
The delivery process can be rough on a baby’s delicate skeleton, and the baby could suffer a bone breakage or a fracture, particularly during a difficult birth. Bruising can also happen if the doctor or midwife is too rough when handling the child.
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Investigating Birth Injury Claims Requires Resources
The most important steps when establishing a birth injury claim include identifying the injury, the cause of the injury, and assessing whether the injury could have been avoided or prevented if the doctor had administered the appropriate standard of care. Conducting a thorough investigation will get to the heart of your claim, and will generate the evidentiary support you will need to obtain the compensation you deserve. Preparing a birth injury case requires significant up-front capital and many hours of work. The Trenton birth injury lawyers at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, PC have the resources, knowledge and skills it takes to help you win the recovery you need for your family.
Another important action within the investigation into your birth injury claim is contacting other people to get their take on the matter. This can include consulting with other doctors and medical professionals to provide a second opinion concerning the care you received, and to provide an expert medical opinion on whether the injury could have been avoided or prevented. This can also include contacting potential witnesses to the birth injury and securing their statements about the incident.
The investigation will also involve a thorough review of the evidence that is available in the case. In addition to obtaining new evidence, such as new results from new medical examinations, tests and medical scans, that assess the extent of your injuries, it will also be important to go back and uncover as much evidence from around the time of the birth, and prior to the birth, as possible. This can include procuring medical records and files leading up to the birth, as well as any test results and other information that is available about the birth and when and how the alleged injuries happened.
It is unfortunate when babies are born and suffer birth injuries, since births are supposed to be happy times. The professionals at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, PC have the resources and the wherewithal to properly investigate your birth injury claim. Contact our team of Trenton birth injury attorneys today.
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