With an average of 28,000 babies suffering birth injuries each year, the numbers become increasingly startling when broken down. At the current rate, there are 2,333 birth injuries per month, 538 per week, and 76 per day. These statistics mean that there are three children born every hour that suffer from birth injuries.
Our Missouri birth injury lawyers know that statistically close to 50% of all birth injuries are potentially avoidable by identification and planning for obstetrical risk factors. When medical oversights meet the legal threshold for negligence, our personal injury attorneys want to help parents understand their rights and options to pursue the physician, medical team, or facility liable for their baby’s injuries, so they can pursue justice.
What are the Most Common Types of Birth Injuries in St. Louis, Missouri
Throughout Missouri, and across the U.S. ten types of birth injuries are most commonly caused by medical malpractice.
- Brachial Plexus Injury
- Broken Bones
- Caput Succedaneum
- Cerebral Palsy
- Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy(HIE)
- Intracranial Hemorrhage
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Subconjunctival Hemorrhage
Birth injuries are highest for mothers with birthing tool-assisted deliveries, whose ages range from 25-34, although birth injuries can happen to anyone, anywhere, no matter their ages.
Unfortunately, birth trauma is not just limited to newborn babies — it can also impact their mothers. In fact, one study found that one in three women experience birth trauma.
In many cases, birth trauma is avoidable. Some mothers have suggested that if their healthcare professionals had listened to their patients and done a better job of explaining procedures, the birth trauma might have been avoided.
If you believe your physician was negligent during your birthing process, and either you or your baby were injured as a result, contact our St. Louis birth injury attorney today to review your case by calling (314) 775-3864 or online to schedule a free consultation to learn more about your legal rights and options to hold the physician liable for your full financial recovery.