Fact Sheet About Birth Injury
According to researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, birth injuries are estimated to occur in nearly 30 of every 1,000 births. The study indicates that the three most commonly sustained birth traumas are injuries to an infant’s scalp, skeleton, and clavicle fractures. Some of the risk factors associated with birth injuries include:
- Male gender.
- Being of Asian or Pacific Islander heritage.
- Births occurring in urban or teaching hospitals.
- High birth weight.
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Birth injuries have the potential to result in significant and long-term complications that can affect a person for the rest of his or her life. Each year, a significant number of birth injuries occur in and around Allentown, Pennsylvania, often entitling people to significant financial compensation.
Common Types of Birth Injuries
The birthing process can by physically difficult, even when things go smoothly. When the negligence of medical professionals causes injury, victims can develop extremely serious medical conditions that may lead to significant disabilities. Some of the more common birth injuries are detailed below.
Brachial plexus injuries
The brachial plexus the network of nerves that runs from the spine into the shoulder, hand, and arm. In some cases, a brachial plexus injury can occur during delivery, potentially causing serious problems, ranging from muscle weakness to lack of mobility. Treatment of a brachial plexus injury can involve intensive therapy or invasive surgery.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cerebral palsy is the most common motor disability in children, affecting approximately 1 in every 323 individuals. Cerebral palsy refers to a range of brain injuries that can occur during the delivery process, potentially causing complications that can range from mild to severe. In particularly serious cases, individuals with cerebral palsy require in-home medical care and may be unable to care for themselves or engage in everyday tasks.
Sometimes, the forces placed on a newborn’s body during birth can cause bone fractures. While some fractures heal on their own without treatment, in some cases immobilization of the break or even surgery may be required.
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 Philadelphia 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
When individuals sustain injuries during birth, determining exactly how an injury occurred often requires a significant investment of time, money, and other resources. In many cases, understanding the type of negligence that caused a birth injury requires a thorough understanding of the medical procedures involved with modern childbirth. As a result, it is important for people who have been affected by birth injuries to retain a law firm with the knowledge and resources required to successfully litigate birth injury cases.
In many cases, it is necessary to consult with several medical professionals as expert witnesses to gather and present evidence tending to show that your accident was the result of medical negligence. For example, a physician who regularly delivers newborn may be able to review the facts of your case and point to specific acts or omissions that fell below the accepted standard of care in the medical profession. In addition, other medical professionals can also speak to procedures that may have not been properly observed.
In addition to witness testimony, the proper handling of a birth injury case often requires the collection and analysis of hundreds of pages of medical documents and files related to a particular incident. In many cases, these records may be difficult to obtain and understand, and the assistance of a law firm that regularly represents individuals who sustain birth injuries can be extremely helpful in developing the strongest case possible.
The attorneys of Cohen, Placitella & Roth, PC have been helping individuals who sustain birth injuries in Allentown, Pennsylvania for more than 40 years. We understand how to collect and present evidence in support of your case and have the financial resources required to obtain the most qualified experts available.
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