It’s common for expectant mothers to be nervous about how their labor and delivery will go as they give birth to their child. No one likes to think about the risks involved in bringing a newborn into the world, but unexpected complications do happen, resulting in injuries to the baby (or the mother).
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, of every 1,000 infants born in the United States, 6 to 8 are born with a birth injury or birth trauma.
What are the most common serious birth injuries?
Many birth injuries are temporary and will resolve with time. However, serious and lasting birth injuries do occur, such as:
What causes birth injuries?
Birth injuries primarily trace to (a) lack of oxygen or (b) physical trauma. A long labor, difficult birth or a baby’s unusual birthing position or premature birth can cause birth injuries.
Many birth injuries result from mistakes by medical providers. Improper use of forceps or vacuum extraction can cause nerve damage or fractures. If spinal perinatal cord injuries aren’t diagnosed quickly, the damage can become worse with no treatment. One of the most common scenarios is a baby stuck in the birth canal; using force to free the baby causes physical injuries or a delayed C-section causes extended oxygen deprivation and brain damage.
If your child has suffered a serious birth injury, don’t hesitate to contact an experienced attorney. You may need compensation to pay for your child’s long-term care and lifelong disabilities.
At Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge, L.L.C., we handle all cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that we do not get paid unless and until you receive a settlement or a jury award.
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