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How common are birth injuries in the U.S.?

On Behalf of | Sep 27, 2019 | Birth Injury |

The impending birth of a little one is a joyous event that is well anticipated for. And while mothers-to-be are made aware of the complications that could occur during pregnancy, labor and delivery, many do not believe any harm would ever be caused to them or their little one. Unfortunately, birth injuries occur in New Mexico and elsewhere, and it is not just the newborns that suffer these harms, as mothers could suffer harm based on medical negligence as well.

How common are birth injuries in the U.S.? Based on current data, the rate of both birth injuries and infant mortality in the United Stated is much more higher than most realize. A recent study found that the rate of birth injuries have risen by 75% since the early 2000s. It was also noted that roughly 8 out of every 1,000 infants receive an injury while being delivered. Furthermore, it was discovered that the rate of post-delivery complications have risen by 50% in the same timeframe.

With regards to infant mortality rates, researchers have found there to be a steady increase over the past several decades. Currently, the rate in the U.S. is 5.7 per 1,000. This rate is higher than some developing nations. It should be noted that some birth injuries are preventable while others are unpreventable. These rates do not distinguish between the two.

Expectant mothers are often left shocked and emotionally overwhelmed following a birth injury. It is an event a mother was not expecting, and it certainly isn’t an event she was prepared to address. Thus, it is important that parents are aware of their rights and options following a birth injury.

Whether a mother, newborn or both suffered harm due to medical errors, it is possible to seek legal recourses through a medical malpractice claim. This legal action not only seeks to hold a negligent medical professional accountable but also evaluates the damages suffered, helping a victim recover compensation for losses.