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Fact Sheet About Birth Injury

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh conducted a study in 2003 that indicated that birth injuries occur at a rate of approximately 30 of every 1,000 births in the United States. The study also identified the three most commonly sustained birth injuries as being trauma to an infant’s scalp, damage to a baby’s skeleton, and clavicle fractures. The study also note several risk factors associated with a higher risk of birth injury, which include:

  • When a baby is born in an urban or teaching hospitals, the child has a higher risk of being the victim of medical negligence and suffering a birth injury.
  • Heavier babies are more likely to suffer birth injuries.
  • The sex of the baby is a risk factor for a birth injury, with male babies being more likely to suffer a birth-related injury that female babies.
  • The race of the child appears to also be a risk factor for birth injuries, with babies that are of Asian or Pacific Islander heritage having a higher rate of birth injury.

Birth injuries can be devastating to a family, and anyone could be at risk for suffering a birth injury due to medical negligence. When a child suffers a birth injury in Scranton, the injured child and his or her family may be entitled to financial compensation.

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Common Types of Birth Injuries

A childbirth could go incredibly smoothly, but in some situations a birth might be complicated or difficult. Sometimes the doctor or other medical professional makes a mistake or does not provide the appropriate level of care that he or she should during the delivery. Common birth injuries can include:

The Development of Cerebral Palsy.

When a child is deprived of oxygen during a birth, it can result in brain injuries that can lead to the development of cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy often lasts a lifetime, and in the most serious cases a child will grow up unable to ever fully be able to take care of him or herself.

Brachial Plexus Injuries And Other Nervous System Injuries.

The child can suffer injuries to the spinal cord and other nerve clusters during birth. When nerves are damaged, the child could lost mobility or could develop problems with sensory perception.

Bone Damage

Babies often suffer broken or fractured bone injuries during birth since their skeletons are so fragile and birth can be a traumatic experience. Preventable bone injuries could be the result of medical negligence.

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The birth injury attorneys at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. have a reputation for diligently pursuing the injury claims of our clients and seeking the maximum possible recovery for our clients. We care about your recovery and we want to help you and your family deal with your birth injury case. Contact the Scranton, Pennsylvania birth injury lawyers of Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. today to discuss your medical negligence case. One of our experienced birth injury attorneys will guide you through your legal options.

Investigating Birth Injuries Requires Resources

It requires a significant investment of time, money, and other resources to identify the root cause of a birth injury and many law firms simply do not have what it takes to do a thorough investigation. Families that have suffered a birth injury need a birth injury law firm with the experience and financial resources it takes to litigate birth injury claims. Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. is the firm you need representing your family in such an important legal situation.

For starters, you will need a medical opinion from a trusted medical professional about the birth injury, how it occurred and the future consequence that the birth injury can have on your child’s life as he or she grows up. The birth injury lawyers at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. routinely consult with expert physicians who are familiar with modern childbirth procedures for input on what may have gone wrong during your child’s birth. These professional resources could also potentially identify specific acts that were a deviation from the accepted standard of care in the medical profession concerning childbirth.


The birth injury attorneys of Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. have been helping birth injury victims for more than 40 years and we can help you and your family obtain the compensation you need. We have a network of reliable and trusted experts who can help build your case and we will fight tenaciously to get you the maximum possible compensation for your birth injury claim.

Take Advantage of our Free Birth Injury Consultation Today. Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. is dedicated to helping families like yours evaluate their legal options. We want to see you get the compensation you deserve for your child’s birth injury.


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