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Birth Injury Statistics Growing over Time in the United States

Birth injuries can be tragic. The first few moments when a child is brought into the world are essential. If a child is injured during these extremely fragile first few moments, it can lead to long-term and non-recoverable injuries.

Babies who do not get oxygen to their brain immediately upon being born can often develop mental disabilities, and those who do not have proper use of their limbs can end up with physical disabilities. Some of the common birth injury cases litigated by Arnold & Itkin include spina bifida, neural tube defects, craniosynostosis, brachial plexus, cerebral palsy, persistent pulmonary hypertension, and forceps or vacuum misuse.

A study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals that the amount of birth injuries in the United States is on the rise. When compared to other developed countries, the maternal death rate is higher in America.

The CDC conducted a study which looked at the delivery of babies during a 9 year interval. The study was conducted between 2000 and 2009, and data shows that within that time the amount of emergencies during delivery skyrocketed a staggering 75%. Complications in birth also doubled within that nine year time frame.

There are a number of factors that may have enhanced the dangers associated with giving birth. One of these is the health of the mother. Mothers who smoke, drink, or do drugs while pregnant are at a greater risk to danger and often give birth to unhealthy babies.

Also, obesity is a risk factor in pregnancies and those that suffer from kidney disease or diabetes also put their babies at risk. As well, if a mother's birth canal is too small and the fetus is too large, then this can cause problems to arise. Fetuses that are lying in the wrong position for delivery also often have the potential to cause a birth injury to the mother.

The CDC also discovered that it is common for fetuses to suffer from prenatal asphyxia and Placenta Accrete. Perinatal asphyxia happens when the baby doesn't receive the necessary supply of oxygen and is often because of pressure on the umbilical or a mother's drug habits during pregnancy. Placenta Accrete happens when there is a deep attachment of the placenta and a woman needs surgery to stop the bleeding.

Doctors sometime need to perform an emergency C-section for this sort of situation or for other pregnancies where the baby is in the birth canal wrong. In these situations, the method involves high blood loss and increases the risk of an infection post-operation for the mother and baby. While there is a devastating amount of opportunity for birth injuries, doctors are trying to be proactive in reducing the amount of these instances.

After receiving the new data reports from the CDC, doctors are trying to develop creative and safe new procedures to assist pregnant mothers and new babies that do not come with serious risks. If your child has been injured by a birth injury, then you need to discuss your case with an attorney at the firm today.

With the right lawyer there to assist you, you may be able to secure a settlement which will satisfy the medical bills that you may be paying well into the future in order to secure the necessary care and attention for your child.

At Arnold & Itkin, the lawyers have achieved hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements and understand what is necessary to litigate a case effectively. Hire a hardworking Houston personal injury lawyer at the firm today for more information.