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Birth Injury Fact Sheet: When The Unthinkable Happens During Delivery

  • In the United States, for every 1,000 babies born, between 6 and 8 of those children suffer a birth injury. This means that approximately 1 out of every 9,700 babies is born with a birth injury.
  • Birth injuries are more common in baby boys, at approximately 6.6 out of every 1,000, while birth injuries are slightly less common in baby girls, at approximately 5.08 out of every 1,000.
  • Birth injuries are more likely at public hospitals and are more prevalent in rural areas than urban areas.
  • In the United States, there is a 24-32% higher likelihood of birth injuries occurring in the Northeast, as compared to the South, Midwest and West.

Many babies are born in Philadelphia each year. Some of these babies suffer injuries during birth including brain-related injuries, muscle and physical injuries, and infections, as well as injuries from a difficult delivery. While it is unfortunate, statistically some of the newborns starting their lives in Philly will suffer a birth injury.

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Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. has over 40 years of experience helping Philadelphia clients obtain the compensation they deserve after their child suffers a birth injury. The team of birth injury attorneys at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. know what it takes to build a strong birth injury case, and we are ready and available to help you build yours.

Common Types of Birth Injuries

Birth injuries exist in a variety of types, some are congenital, while others are due to the fault of the delivering doctor or other medical staff. Common examples of birth injuries include:

Brachial Plexus Injuries

As the baby is delivered, the shoulder may become stuck in the birth canal and the doctor may pull too hard on the baby’s neck, causing damage to the brachial plexus bundle of nerves. The nerves can stretch, tear or completely sever, causing varying degrees of paralysis.

Broken and/or Fractured Bones

Delivery can be difficult and sometimes the baby suffers a broken or fractured bone during the process. The collar bone is particularly susceptible to injury during birth.

Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries can arise during a difficult birth due to trauma to the spinal cord or rotational force being exerted on a child’s underdeveloped spine. Injuries could also be due to misdiagnosis of spina bifida.


Occurring in a very small number of births, the baby develops a hematoma under the skin and on the periosteum of the skull (i.e., a membrane the surrounds the skull). Delivery assisting tools have been known to cause cephalohematomas in newborns.

Cerebral Palsy

An injury to the brain during a difficult birth can result in cerebral palsy, which is characterized by impaired movement ability and limited motor function. Lack of oxygen to the brain, head trauma, infection and meningitis can all cause cerebral palsy.

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Contact Us To Handle Your Birth Injury Case Today. When you need a Philadelphia birth injury lawyer with the resources, knowledge and skills to get you the justice you deserve, reach out to the professionals at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C.

Investigating Birth Injuries Requires Resources

Investigating a birth injury requires medical examinations by specialists, the collection of medical records, and exploration into whether the birth injury could have been avoided or prevented if the doctor, nurse or other medical care provider had followed proper protocol. You want a team of highly experienced, very knowledgeable birth injury lawyers with the financial resources necessary to complete a thorough investigation into the cause of your child’s birth injury. We are here to help you.

In order to conduct a complete investigation into your birth injury claim, the doctor and medical personnel involved in the delivery will need to be interviewed. Anyone who was present at the delivery is a potential witness and will need to be vetted. Additionally, where possible, the birth injury should be evaluated by a different, trusted doctor with a high level of expertise assessing birth injuries.

It will be important to establish the facts before, during and after the delivery, in order to best identify the probable source of the birth injury. Furthermore, it will be important to gather medical records and test results, including any ultrasounds, medical scans, blood test results, and heart monitoring strips. If the source of the birth injury is rooted in medical malpractice, our team of investigating attorneys will fully explore the proper procedure and will identify where and how the doctor, nurse or other medical staff deviated from it.

With so many deliveries occurring in the City of Brotherly Love everyday, undoubtedly birth injuries are inevitable. At Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C., we know what it takes to properly investigate your birth injury case, and we have the resources to do a thorough job. We routinely work with trusted medical experts that have years of training regarding birth injuries, and together, we can build a strong case in support of your birth injury claim.

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