While almost all newborns grow and thrive without serious health problems,
national data says nearly six infants out of 1,000 in the U.S. will die
during their first year. In Indiana that number is much greater. The Hoosier
state is still struggling with lowering its infant mortality rate, despite
a major partnership between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
and state government groups. Since we last blogged about this topic, the
overall infant mortality rate (death of a baby before his or her first
birthday) has grown to 7.3 infant deaths for every 1,000 live births.
These numbers continue to be alarming and will require an intense amount
of planning, education and prevention to reduce.
Most of these infants have died as a result of:
The most common fatal birth injury was oxygen deprivation also knows as
hypoxia. Hypoxia can also be the cause of serious birth injuries such
as cerebral palsy.
Some infant deaths are sadly caused as a result of a birth injury or a
medical mistake. This is called
infant wrongful death and typically a result of improper actions by negligent physicians, nurses,
or poorly administered or equipped hospitals. Infant wrongful death can
be considered any degree of death, including homicide.
Common causes of fatal birth injuries include:
Other causes of infant death could be:
Our attorneys hold the medical profession in high regard, but when a physician
or medical staff does not perform up to professional standards, legal
accountability becomes necessary.
We understand that no amount of money can replace your child, but holding
the party that caused the death accountable can provide you with some
measure of financial relief. The attorneys at Wagner Reese will sort through
all the information needed and other evidence to support your claim.
Contact the law firm of Wagner Reese by completing our
online form, and one of our attorneys will review your information, and respond promptly.
If you wish to speak with us today, please call (888) 204-8440.