Having a baby is one of the most thrilling and anxiety-filled opportunities people can have. A new baby completely changes the trajectory of their parents’ lives. At Casey Law, we understand not only the emotional impact on the parents but also the financial burdens that most families experience as they try to get medical care for their baby. We care about helping you get through these difficult times.
Birth Injury Statistics
Seven out of every 1,000 births result in an injury. In the United States, it is estimated that there are3 birth injuries an hour, which calculates to 2,333 per month, or 28,000 per year. In the year 2000, 6.83 birth trauma injuries occurred per every 1,000 live male births, with 5.06 birth trauma injuries reported for every 1,000 live female births in the United States that same year.
Common Types of Birth Injuries
Occasionally during the birthing process, the infant can suffer physical injuries. The causes can be because of the baby’s size or the position of the baby during labor. These are the different types of injuries that can result.
When doctors use forceps in the birthing process, they can leave bruises on the baby’s face and scalp. Sometimes the infant can even experience a laceration on their scalp. Bruising can also be a result of passing through the birth canal and coming into contact with the pelvic bone.
Brachial Palsy or Erb’s Palsy
The brachial plexus is a cluster of nerves in the arms and hands that spread out from the spinal cord under the collarbone and into the armpit. When these nerves become damaged, paralysis in the baby’s arms and legs can be the result. The nerves cannot send signals from the brain to the shoulder, elbow, wrist, or hand because of the damage, which means that the baby’s arms will not be able to have full functioning. Erb’s Palsy is specifically when only the shoulder and elbow muscles are affected, but when all the muscles are affected then this is called total plexus palsy.
Swelling of the soft tissues around the skull, resulting in a conehead appearance, is often the result of a very difficult vaginal delivery. While it is very common and usually benign, it can lead to other issues such as newborn jaundice.
This occurs when there are small ruptures to the blood vessels located just beneath the eye. They can result in one or both the eyes displaying as a red spot or band on the surface of the eye. While it does not cause any permanent eye damage, the redness can last for several days or even up to two weeks.
One of the most common types of birth injuries are fractures, particularly clavicle or collarbone fractures. These usually occur when there are difficulties delivering the baby or during a breech delivery. The infant’s bones cannot handle the force exerted on them, resulting in these fractures.
What A Birth Injury Lawyer Can Do For You
At Casey Law, we are ready to help you take legal action against the physicians and healthcare professionals who caused the injury to your baby. We will guide you on what documents you need to provide in order to build the strongest birth injury case possible. If you are struggling with the cost of providing physical therapy and special schooling for your child, or other healthcare needs, we are ready to help you file a claim and get you the compensation you deserve so that your child has what they need. Give our office a call today.