The following statistics relate to the incidence of Birth Injury in the U.S.:
28,000 per year, 2,333 per month, 538 per week, 76 per day, 3 per hour.
Note: this extrapolation calculation uses the incidence statistic: 7 per 1,000 births.
There are two main types of injuries that can occur during the birth/delivery process; injuries from trauma and injuries from a lack of oxygen to the brain. Lack of oxygen to the brain, known as hypoxia or asphyxia can present an obstetrical emergency requiring that the baby be delivered quickly, usually by an emergency cesarean section. Hypoxia or asphyxia can cause life-long disability, depending on the area of the brain affected and degree and duration of oxygen deprivation. If such a problem does occur, the impact is serious, and the effects on the baby and the family can be devastating for the rest of their lives.
A physician’s failure to induce or perform a C-section and/or failure to properly monitor the infant or mother under these circumstances constitutes substandard care and medical malpractice. Injuries that may result from such professional negligence include:
- Brain injury
- Cerebral palsy
- Erb’s palsy
- Spinal injuries
- Forceps injuries
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
If your child has suffered a brain injury due to any of these circumstances, please contact BLAU LEONARD LAW GROUP, LLC today at 800-320-0403 for a free consultation. All of our cases are taken on a contingency fee basis so there is no cost to you unless we win your case.