As any parent knows, childbirth can be highly unpredictable. And while no one wants to think of their baby being injured at the moment they enter the world, about 6 to 8 babies out of every 1,000 born in the United States suffer a birth injury. The best way to prevent the worst from happening is to become educated about it.
Some birth injuries are unavoidable, such as those that stem from genetics, while others are rooted in medical malpractice. For the latter, taking time to pick out a birth team you trust can help prevent birth injury to you and your baby during labor and delivery. Birth teams are limited by the hospitals at which they practice. Make sure to ask questions about the medical instruments and interventions the team uses, as well as what techniques and medical devices it utilizes to monitor labor and delivery.
Risk Factors for Birth Injury
According to Stanford Children’s Health, risk factors for birth injuries include but are not limited to the following:
- Breech birth
- Premature birth
- Cesarean section (C-section)
- Larger than average baby
- Difficult or prolonged labor
- Overweight parent
- Improper use of vacuum extractors or forceps
Please note that the above do not guarantee that a birth injury will occur. That said, it is very important to speak with a trusted health care professional about any of your potential risk factors to avoid preventable birth injuries.
We Fight for Injured Orange County Families
If you or your child has suffered a birth injury rooted in medical malpractice, our attorneys at the Law Office of Marshall Silberberg will fight to recover your full and fair compensation. To date, we have recovered over $500 million for injured clients throughout Orange County. We are fully equipped to fight for you!
Call (949) 565-4281 or fill out an online form today to get in touch with our Orange County attorney team.