There is no time when life is more fragile than during those delicate moments of birth. This is why, for expecting parents, the moments before the absolute joy of bringing a child into the world can be so anxious. While living in a first-world country makes the likelihood of your child suffering a birth injury highly improbable, it still can happen.
Statistics show that out of every 1,000 infants born in the United States, six to eight of them will suffer some type of birth injury. That totals up to about 28,000 American infants each year. That’s just too many, but then again, one is too many. That is why our law firm, Williams & Brown, LLP, launched a national campaign to raise awareness about birth injuries and work toward eliminating as many as we possibly can. To that end, we work consistently to update this website with the most accurate and up to date information regarding birth injuries.
Cerebral palsy is an umbrella term referring to a group of disorders that affect a child’s ability to move and maintain posture and balance. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) defines cerebral palsy as a group of neurological disorders appearing in infancy or early childhood that permanently affect muscular coordination, balance, and body movement.
Brachial plexus injuries can happen during birth. The baby's shoulders may become impacted on the mother's pubic bone during the birth process, a condition known as shoulder dystocia. The brachial plexus nerves may be stretched or torn. Some injuries heal over time. Other injuries may require extensive therapy and maybe even surgery. Brachial plexus nerve injuries include Erb's palsy and Klumpe's palsy.
Oxygen for breathing is delivered through the mother’s bloodstream. Sometimes, during pregnancy, labor or delivery, this oxygen supply can be diminished or cut off completely. When the supply of blood and oxygen is disrupted, the baby is at risk. That baby can only survive for a short period of time when the flow of oxygen is slowed or stopped. When starved of oxygen for too long, cells start to die. If too many brain cells die during labor, life-long brain damage occurs.
There are many birth injuries that can occur during labor and delivery, including hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy, bone fractures, and kernicterus. These are conditions that can have immediate as well as long-term consequences. Early diagnosis and proper treatment are key to helping the child recover, but some newborns do not receive timely care.
At Birth Injury Safety, we understand how heartbreaking severe birth injuries can be. During pregnancy and childbirth, expectant mothers naturally rely on their doctors and hospitals to provide high-quality care that will see them and their newborns safely through labor and delivery. When healthcare providers fail in their duty, causing injury to a newborn child, that child's parents have the legal right to seek answers to their questions.
Life care plans are legal documents that estimate the total costs for a child's birth injury over the course of their lifetime.
Life care plans are drafted by a group of specialists: medical experts, physicians, and attorneys who speculate on the amount of money needed so that the child and family will not endure undue financial hardship.