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Birth Injuries Remain Unfortunately Common in the United States

Posted on in Medical Malpractice

Libertyville birth injury lawyerDespite some of the best medical facilities and personnel in the world, injuries during the birthing process are far more prevalent in the United States than many would like to assume. According to statistical evidence compiled by the Birth Injury Guide, roughly 28,000 infants are injured during birth on an annual basis nationwide. In all, roughly one birthing injury occurs every three minutes throughout the United States. 

While some birth injuries are unavoidable, many are caused by medical malpractice. Whether due to unintentional oversight or overt negligence, injuries caused by emergency or delivery room staff are incredibly common. The pain and hardship of a birth injury can be a heavy weight for any family to carry. If your family is impacted by the tragedy of a birth injury, it is important to understand your options for pursuing compensation.

Common Types of Birth Injuries

Due to the fragility of a newborn child, birth injuries are consistently severe. In many cases, victims can face lifelong hardships due to the negligence of medical staff. Many injuries come in the form of bone fractures, which can impact a child’s long-term mobility. In other types of birth injuries, the child can suffer critical nervous system damage. 

According to the Birth Injury Guide, In a large number of birth injuries, even the slightest physical injury can come with long-term complications. An alarming number of newborns suffer minor brain injuries, which can lead to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In cases of increased severity, physical injuries can lead to nerve damage, causing cerebral palsy, brachial plexus palsy, and other long-term health issues.

Nerve damage can come in four different forms: neurapraxia, which consists of the stretching of a nerve; neuroma, which is a more severe stretching injury that leads to scar tissue and increased weight on healthy nerves; ruptures, which occur when the nerve is stretched and ultimately torn; and avulsions, which occur when a torn nerve is completely separated from the spinal cord. 

Nerve damage injuries have the potential to cause life-long harm, and they are much more common than most people assume. Brachial plexus palsy, for instance, occurs in two of every one thousand births, nationwide. 

Contact a Waukegan Birth Injury Attorney

Unfortunately, severe birth injuries are still incredibly common throughout the United States. Nationwide, over 500 birth injuries occur each week. If your family is impacted by a birth injury, it is likely that the negligence of the medical staff played a role. For more information on where to turn after a birth injury, contact our experienced team of Lake County personal injury attorneys. To set up a free consultation, call us today at 847-662-3303. 

Sources

https://www.birthinjuryguide.org/erbs-palsy/

https://www.birthinjuryguide.org/birth-injury/statistics/

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