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Statistics show that approximately 27 out of every 1,000 births involve some sort of birth related injury, with cerebral palsy as one of the most common. Although most women give birth in a hospital surrounded by medical professionals, a birth injury can happen at almost any point during labor and delivery. These injuries are most often the result of medical negligence or error. A baby with a birth injury may recover fully and quickly, or may suffer lifelong physical and/or mental limitations.
During the course of labor and delivery complications can occur which result in various health problems for a newborn. Collectively, these problems are referred to as birth trauma or birth injuries. Birth injuries are generally caused by operative deliveries, whether vaginal or abdominal, and are affected by circumstances such as:
While thankfully none of these scenarios necessarily means that there will be a birth injury, they complicate the labor and delivery process, providing a statistically greater probability of occurrence. In most cases a baby with a birth injury will make a full recovery. When circumstance are such that a full recovery does not occur however, birth injuries can be devastating, frequently causing debilitating injuries for the newborn which can last a lifetime.
The most common birth injuries are cerebral palsy, oxygen deprivation, mental retardation, Erb’s Palsy, Klumpke’s Palsy and Brachial Plexus injuries. The ability to file a medical malpractice claim when birth injuries are of a permanent nature provides the possibility for both the newborn and its family to recover monetary damages.
If you feel your child suffers from a birth injury and wish to bring legal action to compensate your child for their physical and emotional damages, please contact us and ask for Partner Ted Oshman, or fill out the form below.