With the rapid population growth, birth injuries in Riverside and other cities in California and elsewhere in the world are on the rise.
As many as 10% of childbirths in the U.S. require some type of intervention to keep both the child and mother alive. And many of these interventions are poorly performed by medical personnel, which results in a high number of birth injuries.
Reasons, why physicians and medical personnel keep failing to deliver babies safely, vary from one case to another: lack of training, distractions, being unqualified and unprepared for interventions during childbirth, and even being under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Fact: about 30,000 babies are born with birth injuries in the U.S. every year, and many of them could be prevented by medical professionals.
That means every hour, three babies born in our country sustain birth injuries, the most serious of which are fractured bones, developmental disorders, and neurological disorders.
Our birth injury attorneys here at the Law Offices of Howard Craig Kornberg warn expectant mothers that many types of birth injuries do not manifest themselves upon childbirth or during their stay in hospital.
Fact #2: about 7% of birth injuries are diagnosed during the first year of the baby’s life, while another 14% are diagnosed only after the child goes to school.
While physical injuries caused by improper and unprofessional childbirth and negligence on the part of medical personnel usually manifest themselves immediately after giving birth, cognitive impairments and developmental disorders may not be diagnosed until later in the child’s life.
What are the safest hospitals for childbirth?
After reviewing birth injuries statistics in the U.S., our birth injury lawyers have noticed a pattern: turns out, some hospitals in Riverside and California are safer to give childbirth than others.
Statistically speaking, the safest hospital to avoid birth injuries would be a public hospital with over 500 beds (only 11 of every 1,000 babies born in public hospitals sustain birth injuries, while only 1 birth injury per every 1,000 babies is reported in hospitals with more than 500 beds).
Private, not-for-profit hospitals should be the second choice to deliver a baby, as 15 babies are reported injured per 1,000 born in such hospitals. By contrast, 33 birth injuries were sustained per 1,000 born in private, for-profit hospitals.
As for the number of beds in a hospital, 36 birth injuries occur in hospitals with less than 100 beds, 45 with 100 to 299 beds, and 57 birth injuries per 1,000 born in hospitals with 300 to 499 beds.
How to file a birth injury claim and assess damages?
In late September, a Superior Court jury awarded a family with $3 million against an obstetrician who was accused of pulling too hard on a baby’s head and neck during delivery. The forceful delivery caused paralysis in the newborn’s right arm and permanent nerve damage in the right shoulder.
When dealing with birth injuries, it’s important to treat physical or other impairments in a timely manner. Here at the Law Offices of Howard Craig Kornberg, our birth injury attorneys have helped victims of birth injuries recover damages for:
- Brachial plexus
- Brain injury
- Cerebral palsy
- Oxygen deficiency
- Shoulder dystocia
These and many other birth injuries may affect a child’s life and development, which is why it’s vital to get the compensation to cover the costly medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages caused by birth injuries and their treatment.
Hire an experienced birth injury lawyer to assess the full value of your damages and determine liability and negligence on the part of medical personnel who participated in child delivery.