Fact Sheet about Birth Injuries: When Babies are Hurt
The online advocacy group Birth Injury Guide hosts a webpage that offers families suffering through a birth injury helpful information and useful statistics about birth injuries, including that:
- Approximately 1 in every 9,700 newborns suffer a birth injury as they enter the world in the United States each year. This comes to roughly 6-8 babies per 1,000.
- Birth injuries are more common in boys than in girls.
- The frequency of birth injuries is higher at public hospitals located in rural areas, and the frequency of birth injuries is lower in private hospitals in urban centers.
- Birth injuries are nearly 30% more frequent in the Northeast, compared to other regions of the United States.
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Hundreds of babies are born in West Chester each year, and there is a possibility that some newborns will be impacted by injuries sustained during the birth process. This is unfortunate, but a statistical likelihood.
Common Causes of Birth Injuries
With nearly 200 births in the West Chester Borough in 2012 alone, suffering a birth injury is a possibility. Below are some of the most common causes of birth injuries:
Negligent Prenatal Care
Negligent prenatal care provided during pregnancy can have an impact on the health of the baby, the mother, or could prompt complications during the birth process.
Failure to Diagnose a Disease in the Mother
If a physician fails to diagnose a disease in the mother, it could complicate the pregnancy or could cause the baby harm. For example, if the mother has an undiagnosed STD, she could give it to the baby during birth.
Failure to Diagnose a Medical Condition in the Mother
During pregnancy, some women develop anemia or gestational diabetes. These conditions can complicate a pregnancy, delivery and could harm the mother if they remain undiagnosed.
Failure to Diagnose Ectopic Pregnancies
An ectopic pregnancy can seriously injure a mother if it goes untreated. When a doctor fails to diagnose an ectopic pregnancy, it can make for a life-threatening situation for the mother.
Injuries During Childbirth
Both the mother and the child can be injured during a difficult birth. Babies can suffer broken bones, contusions, nerve or spinal cord damage, or brain injuries. The mother could suffer injuries if a cesarean section is necessary, but not ordered by the doctor.
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Investigating Birth Injury Claims Requires Resources
Many birth injuries can be traced back to medical malpractice or medical negligence during the pregnancy or the birth of the child, and identifying the source of the injury is key to a successful birth injury case. A thorough investigation will determine all of the facts and will help identify whether the injury was preventable if the doctor or other medical profession had executed the proper level of care. Digging to the root cause of birth injuries can be expensive and time consuming. The West Chester birth injury lawyers at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, PC have the resources and knowledge required to help you.
A number of experienced individuals will need to be contacted as part of the investigation into your birth injury claim. For instance, expert doctors, lab technicians and other medical professionals will need to be consulted about the treatment and medical care that you or your child received during the birth in order to assess whether your doctor or healthcare provider deviated from a reasonable standard of care. If there are any potential eyewitnesses to the cause of the birth injury, your lawyer will want to get in touch with those people to record their testimony.
Additionally, every effort needs to be made to gather all of the available evidence in your case. The types of relevant evidence can be immense, ranging from first hand accounts of what happened in the delivery room to vast quantities of medical records and other health information. Written reports, lab results, written medical opinions and observations, and medical histories, can all be important pieces of evidence when trying to establish a timeline of events leading up to and following the birth injury. You want to present the strongest possible case you can, and having evidence supporting your claim goes along way towards successful resolution.
The professionals at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, PC have been working with families that have suffered birth injuries for more than 40 years to obtain the compensation that they deserve. We know what it takes to properly investigate your birth injury case, so let us put our expertise to work for you.
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