Birth Injury Factsheet: Injured So Young
In 2003, a study published in the medical journal Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology analyzed birth injuries and medical negligence. The study highlighted several facts concerning the rate of birth injuries. For instance:
- Birth injuries occur in roughly 29 out of every 1000 births and are more common in male infants than female infants.
- Babies having a higher than average birth weight pose a higher risk of suffering a birth injuries.
- Race appears to be a factor, but for unknown reasons, with Pacific Islander or Asian descent babies being are more likely to suffer birth injuries.
- Injuries to the scalp, skeletal injuries, and fractured clavicles are the three leading birth injuries suffered by babies.
- The use of medical instrument during delivery increases the likelihood that the child will suffer a birth injury.
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Many babies are brought into the world each year in Bensalem, and unfortunately, some of those children will suffer injuries as they enter the world. Many birth injuries are the result of negligence on the part of the medical professionals handling the delivery. Some birth injuries can have long-term complications or can produce disabilities in a child.
Common Types of Birth Injuries
Nothing is a certainty in the delivery room, and things can get complicated quickly. Advances in modern medicine have made the birthing process safer and easier, but medical negligence can still happen, and unfortunately does happen in many births. A few of the most common birth injuries include:
Brachial Plexus Injury
The bundle of nerves that runs from the spine into the shoulders, arms, and hands is the brachial plexus, and when these nerves are damaged, it can cause pain, mobility issues and weakness in the limb associated with the injury.
If, during birth, the baby does not receive enough oxygen, the baby’s organs and brain can become oxygen-deprived and damage can result. Often, medical negligence is the root cause of this type of injury.
Cerebral palsy, or CP, is a permanent condition affecting the brain of a newborn that develops and presents symptoms within weeks or months of birth. It has been linked to a lack of oxygen to the brain during the birthing process. Cerebral palsy symptoms generally last a lifetime, and while children can learn to cope with their condition over time, the effects are life-long.
Due to the delicate nature of baby bones, many children suffer bone fractures and breaks during birth. When medical staff is negligent during the birth, a baby’s bones can end up broken or fractured unnecessarily.
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At Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C., we have been representing birth injury victims and their families for over 40 years. We are dedicated to diligently fighting to ensure the rights of each one of our clients, and we will fight for you and your family as well.
Investigating Birth Injuries Requires Resources
A birth can be complicated and may require the use of specialized medical instruments in order to successfully birth the child. Medical personnel must monitor the vital signs and physical conditions of the baby and the mother, and a failure to recognize or diagnose a condition or problem before, during, or after the birth could result in legal liability. Birth injury cases require a thorough investigation to identify who acted negligently, whether the injury was preventable, and what the extent of the birth injury is. You should trust an experienced birth injury and medical negligence law firm with the resources, knowledge, and dedication to get you and your family the recovery you deserve.
It will be important to consult with additional medical experts specializing in childbirth to identify where the medical professionals involved in the birth injury could have gone wrong, deviating from the accepted standard of care. An expert witness can explain to the court the standard of care you should have received and what the deviation from that standard of care was.
Thousands of children are born in Pennsylvania each year and it is a statistical near-certainty that birth injuries will occur to some of these newborns. The experienced birth attorneys at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. understand these types of cases and know how difficult a birth injury can be both for victims and their families. We will work hard to gather the relevant evidence in support of your case and will present your strongest possible case.
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Over 40 Years of Outstanding Results and Hundreds of Millions Recovered for our Clients.
The birth injury lawyers at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. have been representing the rights of individuals injured by the negligence of others for more than 40 years. A few of our case results include the following:
Lawyers at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. secured a $7.5 million recovery for a newborn who was injured by medical negligence during birth.
Our attorneys obtained a recovery of $14.5 million on behalf of a client who suffered brain damage after a physician deviated from the appropriate standard of care and failed to provide proper postoperative care.
The attorneys at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. recovered $3.5 million for a client who suffered vision loss due to improperly administered amnesia.
Several other multi-million dollar recoveries for clients who have been injured due to medical negligence.
While results in prior cases do not guarantee similar results in your case the following listing of recent case victories should hopefully provide you with the assurance that we are experienced and know how to get you the compensation you deserve.