Birth Injury Accidents

Birth Injury Accidents

Every parent has hopes and dreams for their children. These dreams start even before a child is born. When these hopes and dreams are shattered due to medical malpractice, the heartbreak, sadness and grief can threaten to consume you.

According to BirthInjuryGuide.org, of every 1,000 infants born in the United States, 6 to 8 of them are born with a birth injury. That means that approximately 1 in every 9,714 people in the U.S. are born with a birth injury.

Based on this information, 28,000 per year are born with a birth injury, which is 2,333 per month, 538 per week, 76 per day, and 3 per hour. The 10 most common birth injuries include: Brachial Plexus Palsy (Erb’s Palsy), bone fractures, cephalohematoma, caput succedaneum, perinatal asphyxia, intracranial hemorrhage, subconjunctival hemorrhage, facial paralysis; spinal cord injuries; and cerebral palsy.

According to the National Healthcare Quality Report (AHRQ), around 6.68 of every 1,000 birth injuries in the year 2000, in the United States, occurred to male infants, whereas 5.08 of every 1,000 birth injuries happened to female infants. In the same year, 4.33 out of every 1,000 birth traumas occurred in for-profit, private hospitals and 7.15 out of every 1,000 birth traumas occurred at private, non-profit hospitals.

In addition, AHRQ states that 6.11 out over 1,000 birth injuries happened in public hospitals, 5.53 out of every 1,000 birth injuries happened at hospitals with 100 beds or less, and 5.45 birth injuries occurred at hospitals with 100 to 200 beds.

Data Involving Mothers

Birth injuries are highest for mothers with birthing tool-assisted deliveries from ages 25-34, and lowest in mothers who range from 40-54. However, the birth injuries for mothers delivering non-instrument assisted vaginal births is only high for ages 25-29.

In fact, from 2000-2006, injury rate for mothers in non-instrument-assisted vaginal births is 30% less than the injury rate for mothers in instrument-assisted vaginal births. Injury rates of trauma occurring during cesarean section increased with the mother’s age, though a cesarean section is generally accepted as the safest form of delivery. Mothers with Medicaid or uninsured patients were less likely to experience birth injuries than mothers with private insurance.

Races and Regions

African Americans and Hispanics experience lower rates of birth injuries when compared to Whites and Asian-Pacific Islanders. Rural birth injuries are 33% more prevalent than urban birth injuries, however the Northeast United States has 24-32% more birth injuries than the West, South, and Midwest, including both birth injuries to newborns and instrument-assisted trauma to mothers.

One way to get justice and a measure of control over your life is to bring a lawsuit against those responsible for your child’s condition.

What America Law Center Can do for You

America Law Center will strive to help parents and children in birth injury claims. Your child still has much to offer to the world. America Law Center will help you recover the financial compensation that is necessary to help your child live as full a life as possible.

America Law Center can take action in the full range of birth claims, including:

  • Cerebral palsy: If your child has cerebral palsy because of medical malpractice in labor or delivery, we can help.
  • Erb’s palsy: Erb’s palsy damages the nerves in the shoulder and the muscles in the elbow.
  • Brain injuries from birth. When a baby does not have sufficient oxygen in labor and delivery, he or she can suffer severe brain injury.
  • Excessive newborn jaundice: When a child has excessive levels of bilirubin at birth, it can lead to severe brain damage, known as kernicterus.
  • Obstetric negligence: When obstetricians make mistakes in the labor and delivery process, the result can be life-changing injuries or death to the child and/or the mother.
  • Cesarean section injuries: A cesarean section is a major surgery. When doctors fail to handle complications arising from the surgery, mothers can be injured or even killed.
  • Improper use of forceps: Doctors must exercise great care when using a forceps to deliver a child. The inappropriate use of this device can lead to lifelong injuries.
  • Traumatic vacuum extraction: Often a vacuum extraction, when performed improperly or at an inappropriate stage of labor, can cause severe damage and trauma.
  • Failure to recognize fetal distress: Fetal monitoring strips provide extensive information about your child’s progress in labor. When medical professionals fail to act on signs of distress, your child may be severely injured or die as a result.
  • Failure to recognize pregnancy-induced hypertension: High blood pressure, or hypertension, caused by pregnancy can injure both the child and the mother.
  • Uterine rupture: When doctors and others in the delivery room fail to recognize the signs of uterine rupture, the mother and child can die.
  • Failure to recognize and treat infant seizures: Infant seizures are often the sign of birth injuries that have been caused by medical negligence in labor or delivery.
  • Prolonged rupture of membranes
  • Neonatal sepsis
  • Failure to resuscitate

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