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The devastating impact of birth injuries

Steve Wagner

The birth of a baby is a joyous occasion for any couple, as they look forward to a lifetime of happiness and new discoveries. However, for some couples this moment of joy turns into a lifetime of pain and distress due to the negligence and malpractice of their doctor or hospital staff. Medical negligence can leave a child with a permanent birth injury. Significant birth injury accounts for fewer than 2% of neonatal deaths and stillbirths in the United States. There are an average of 6-8 birth injuries per 1000 live births in the U.S.

Major causes of birth injury
If the hospital staff does not follow proper medical procedures when delivering a baby, the child can be left with life-changing birth injuries. These injuries include cerebral palsy, brain damage, and nerve and spinal cord damage. According to data from the Mayo Clinic, cerebral palsy occurs in approximately two to four out of every 1,000 births in the United States and Europe.

Oxygen deprivation, which is the main cause of birth injury, occurs when the umbilical cord twists around the neck of the baby during delivery. Oxygen deprivation can lead to mental retardation, Erb’s palsy, Klumpke’s palsy, brachial plexus, permanent brain damage and even death

The next two major causes of birth injuries are failure to detect and treat seizures developed after delivery, and failure to diagnose meconium aspiration syndrome. Meconium aspiration syndrome occurs when the baby swallows its own fecal matter during delivery. The use of excessive force and the inappropriate use of vacuum extraction and forceps during delivery can also lead to medical complications.

How will a birth injury lawsuit help?
The treatment of children suffering from birth injuries is ongoing and expensive. Included in the costs can be expenses for long-term care and treatment, special education, medicine, physiotherapy, surgery and numerous other expenses.

It can be mentally and physically exhausting for caregivers and parents to provide care for a child suffering from birth defects. This exhaustion can affect the health of caregivers.

Families going through this ordeal need to understand the potential legal consequences and know how to ensure that their rights are protected.

How to select a good birth injury lawyer
Birthing complications can be identified and the risk to mother and baby reduced. Wagner Reese has handled numerous birth injury malpractice cases since 1997. We know how to get answers to difficult questions, and we have earned a reputation for vigorous representation of victims and their families. The Wagner Reese attorneys have solid legal skills in birth injury litigation and an impressive record of success to back it up. Contact us at (888) 204-8440 for a free consultation.


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