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Most parents feel tremendous excitement about the upcoming birth of a child. Many count the days almost from the beginning of a pregnancy, plan accordingly and ready themselves for a life-changing event. For the most part, childbirth is an experience filled with joy and both mother and baby go home healthy. Sadly, when something goes wrong during childbirth the consequences can be devastating. This is particularly true when a newborn is severely harmed because of mistakes made by medical personnel who were supposed to protect the baby’s well-being. Parents who suddenly find their worlds turned upside-down because of a serious birth injury often are unaware of where to turn for help. The birth injury lawyers at The Gomez Law Firm are ready to provide that help. Below is an overview of this issue that will hopefully provide some perspective and context.
Several studies have shown that thousands of avoidable birth injuries occur every year. While some birth injuries are basically unavoidable and the fault of no one, many others are preventable.
Given the prevalence of birth injuries in the United States, there is enough data available to be able to identify several common causes of birth injuries. These common causes include:
There are other causes of birth injuries, but the majority of those listed above could be construed as negligence on the part of those who are managing the delivery process.
As is the case with common causes of birth injuries, there is enough data available to be able to describe common consequences of birth injuries. Unfortunately, many of these common consequences are severe in that they impact a child and his or her family for the rest of their lives. Sometimes the consequences are fatal.
Common results of mistakes during the delivery process include:
If a child suffers a birth injury that will require ongoing care throughout his or her lifetime, the costs of that care can be exorbitant and untenable for that child’s family. For instance, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, studied the costs of raising a child with cerebral palsy. Overall, those costs are 26 times that of the costs of raising a child who does not suffer from that condition. In addition, children who suffer severe birth injuries may need the following:
Even if a family has health insurance, the out-of-pocket costs can and often do rise to a level where people cannot manage them reasonably. These losses do not take into account the pain, suffering and stress that accompanies these situations. That’s why parents of a child who suffers a birth injury because of the negligence of others need to seek the help of birth injury lawyers as soon as possible.
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