A birth is supposed to be a happy time in a family’s life. A new child should be happy and healthy. Sometimes, however, a perfectly healthy child is injured during birth due to negligence or neglect, and that can leave him or her with lifelong injuries or disabilities.
When your child suffers in this way, it’s important to make sure the doctors and nurses responsible do pay for their actions. Whether you had to wait too long for a cesarean section or your child was born with cerebral palsy or other medical condition, you may be able to seek compensation to help you and your child have a better life.
The rate of children suffering from birth trauma has been estimated to be between 0.2 and 37 injuries per 1,000 births. That large range could be because some injuries, while preventable when caused during birth or delivery, could also have developed naturally in the womb. It is agreed that on average, birth trauma occurs in 29 per 1,000 births. Along with that, studies have shown that injuries to the skeleton, broken clavicles, and injuries to the scalp were most common. Most of these injuries are completely preventable if proper care is taken during delivery.
What do you do if your child has been injured during delivery? In some cases, the damage has been done and will be permanent. In other cases, you may need to put your child through months or even years of rehabilitation. Our website has more information on what you can do if you believe that your child has suffered a birth injury.