Fact Sheet about Birth Injuries: Injured at Birth
A study conducted in 2003, and published in the Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, describes birth injury statistics in the United States. Some of the statistics the study provides include:
- On average, the study found that approximately 29 babies out of 1,000 births in the United States involved some sort of birth injury or birth trauma, and the statistical range can be as broad as 0.2-37 babies per 1,000 births.
- Birth injuries are more common in boys than in girls.
- Babies that are born with a diagnosis of high birth weight have a higher likelihood of suffering a birth injury.
- The frequency of birth injuries is higher at public and teaching hospitals located in rural areas such as the west, and the frequency of birth injuries is lower in private hospitals located in wealthy or urban centers.
- Births that require the use of a number of medical instruments have a higher chance of incurring a birth injury during the course of delivery.
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In 2012 there were 420 births in Hazleton City. When it comes to birth injuries, the statistics are unfavorable. Some babies will be born with birth injuries and a number of factors can contribute to a baby’s level of risk. Babies born in Hazleton face these same risks.
Common Causes of Birth Injuries
The source or cause of a birth injury can be many different things. Below are some of the most common causes of birth injuries:
Not Enough Oxygenated Blood Flow
If the baby’s blood supply is blocked during delivery, i.e., the umbilical cord gets compressed or tangled, the baby can suffer oxygen deprivation, which can lead to brain damage, and cerebral palsy.
Too Much Stress During Delivery
If the doctor fails to recognize that the baby is stuck during delivery, or is tangled in the umbilical cord, it can cause injury to the baby. Pulling too hard on the baby can cause nerve damage or can break bones.
Injuries Caused By Improper Use of Delivery Instruments
Many birth injuries are caused by injuries to the head due to the improper use of delivery equipment such as vacuum extractors and forceps. A baby’s skull is very fragile and delicate.
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Cohen, Placitella & Roth, PC. has a reputation in the community for its established track record of helping Hazleton birth injury clients fight for the financial compensation they deserve for their families. The team of birth injury attorneys at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, PC will help you build the strongest case possible based on the facts surrounding your claim.
Investigating Birth Injuries Requires Resources
If a doctor or other medical professional acts negligently when handling your care and causes you an injury, you are entitled to recovery for their medical malpractice. One of the most crucial elements in proving a medical malpractice claim is demonstrating that the injury was preventable. Getting to the root cause of your injury, and to whether the injury could have been prevented, requires a thorough investigation into the facts of your case. This can be an expensive endeavor in terms of money, time and human capital. The Hazleton birth injury lawyers at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, PC have what it takes to help you.
As an initial matter, a number of other people will need to be contacted in order to establish the facts. In addition to your own accounts of what happened, your birth injury attorney will need to consult with potential witnesses to get other accounts of what happened. Further, it will be important to building a strong case to obtain a second opinion from another medical expert in the field concerning the extent of your birth injuries, what impacts the injuries will have on your future and whether the birth injuries were preventable.
Another major task facing your investigating attorney is that he or she will need to collect all of the relevant medical evidence that is available in your case. This includes test results, scans, x-rays, medical history, medical reports, medical charts for the victim, photographs of the injuries, etc. Obtaining all of the necessary medical tests and data can be costly, but the birth injury attorneys at CPR have the resources necessary to properly identify the cause of your injuries and whether they were preventable.
For over 40 years, the professionals at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, PC have been working closely with families who have been victimized by the careless actions of negligent doctors that left their baby injured. Cohen, Placitella & Roth, PC will fight to you and your family the recovery you deserve.
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