One of the most momentous occasions in most adults lives is the birth of a child. Sadly although there have been advancements in technology and medicine, birth injuries and trauma continue to happen due to negligence.
Defined as an impairment of a newborns body or structure caused by adverse influences during childbirth, birth injuries reportedly occur in 7 of every 1,000 births. With more than 3.9 million children born in 2011, statistically more than 287,000 newborns suffered a birth injury that same year. A report by the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) notes that in 2006 there were more than 157,000 preventable injuries to newborns and their mothers reported.
At Harbin & Burnett we sympathize with families who are dealing with a birth injury and believe that those who caused such damage should be held responsible for their actions. If your child has suffered a serious birth injury caused by another individuals carelessness, you may be entitled to compensation for property damage, medical bills, lost wages, and more.
For a no-cost, no-obligation review of your birth injury claim, fill out the FREE CASE REVIEW form to your right its completely confidential.
Causes of Birth Injuries
Mothers often find themselves doing the best that they can to ensure that they have a healthy baby. During the birthing process many will put their safety and that of the childs in the hands of medical personnel.
Birth injuries may be caused before and during birth and some common causes include:
- Forceful Extraction
- Failing to Order a C-Section
- Pre-natal medication
- Failing to Diagnose Gestational Diabetes
- Prolonged Labor
- Abnormal Birth Positioning
- Obstetric Turning of Infant
- Accelerated Birth
- Prenatal Asphyxia
Studies of birth injuries have found that mothers between the ages of 25 to 29 had the highest risk of newborn injuries. Furthermore, newborns that are much larger in size are more likely to suffer from birth injuries.
Types of Birth Injuries
The safety of both the newborn and mother are of the utmost importance during the birthing process. One small mistake could ultimately lead to a life-long debilitating birth injuries.
Some common types of birth injuries include:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Shoulder dystocia
- Facial Nerve Palsy
- Head Trauma
- Internal Bleeding
- Paralysis/Spinal Cord Injuries
When a birth injury is caused by a medical professionals negligence or due to the failure of a company to address side-effects or medical complications among pregnant women, a birth injury claim may be made against the negligent parties.
Contact our Anderson Personal Injury Attorneys
At Harbin & Burnett we understand how traumatic it can be for any family to deal with an injury to a newborn which is why we believe that those who caused the birth injury should be held responsible for their actions. We understand that you need an experienced and aggressive law firm that is committed to helping you get every dollar you deserve in the minimum time possible.
Our attorneys can provide comprehensive legal counsel on your specific claim and help to guide you and your loved ones through the entire process. Our office is located in Anderson, South Carolina but we proudly serve the surrounding areas, including:
- Travelers Rest
and many more local towns and cities. To find out how we may be able to help you with your birth injury claim, contact us at toll-free 1(888)821-0247. After a few preliminary questions, one of our intake staff members will connect you with one of our attorneys best suited in handling your claim.
If you would prefer to contact us online, fill out the FREE CASE REVIEW form at the top right-hand corner of this page its FREE to submit and completely confidential.