Birth Injury Statistics
By Lynn Fugaro, Staff Writer
While many families are celebrating the joy of childbirth and all that comes with the new addition to your home, other families are discovering the horrifying fact that their precious baby was injured during birth and may suffer a lifetime of developmental, cognitive and mental disabilities. There is possibly no news more devastating than learning your child has been born with cerebral palsy or Erb’s palsy, but what’s even more frustrating and infuriating is learning that your baby’s birth injury could have been avoided.
What Went Wrong?
If your baby suffered from hypoxia, lack of oxygen during the birthing process, and subsequently was diagnosed with Erb’s or cerebral palsy, you may be entitled to collect monetary compensation through a lawsuit for medical malpractice. Did your obstetrician make a terrible mistake during childbirth? Did some other healthcare provider in the delivery room behave in a negligent or reckless manner? If you feel the answer to one or both of these questions is a resounding, “Yes,” you need to find a medical malpractice lawyer in your area with experience in birth injury claims.
Birth injury claims are extremely difficult mazes through which legal and medical professionals must navigate to get to the root of the problem. No one can be expected to go this alone. Many personal injury law firms will have a team of medical professionals on their side to help you understand what went wrong during your child’s birth and why the doctor, nurse, anesthesiologist, or hospital is partly or fully responsible for your child’s birth injury.
How Common are Birth Injuries?
With many conceptions taking place in late December and January, it’s no surprise that September sees more babies being born than any other month. In fact, nine of the top ten most common birthdays are in the month of September.
How common are birth injuries? According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), for every 1,000 births, there are 29 birth injuries. Think about that. Does your child’s school have around 1,000 students? Think about almost thirty of those children suffering some type of birth injury. The number of birth injuries increases to 160 in 1,000 when forceps or medical vacuum devices are used.
Most common birth injuries:
- Cerebral palsy
- Erb’s palsy
- Fractured bones
According to data compiled from various sources:
- Approximately 28,000 newborns are injured during or after delivery annually.
- Males are much more likely to suffer birth injury than females.
- 6 out of 1,000 children are born with moderate to severe injuries (fractured bones, cerebral palsy and developmental or neurological disorders).
- 20% of infant fatalities result from birth injuries.
- 134 of every 100,000 babies born will die due to a birth injury.
- Up to 14% of birth injuries do not surface until the child is of school age.
- 7% of birth injuries surface within the first year of the child’s life.
- Only 10% of birth injuries result from alcohol and/or drug abuse during pregnancy or poor diet on the part of the mother.
If your child and other family members are dealing with the physical and emotional trauma of a birth injury, please contact a birth injury attorney in your area to schedule a free consultation. You may be entitled to compensation if your baby’s injury was due to medical negligence or malpractice.