No parent who is about to give birth to a child wants to dedicate much time to thinking about what could go wrong during the birth. This is a time of hope and exuberance and it should be a time of excited anticipation for bringing a new life into the world and starting on a journey as a new family. Unfortunately, too many people across the United States are forced to think about birth injuries because their child is harmed in this manner. In addition, too many new parents are forced to face these difficult circumstances because of mistakes that were made by the medical professionals who were supposed to oversee these births.
Below you will find a brief overview of several different types of statistics, including those that relate to the number of infants delivered in the United States every year and the number of infants who suffer birth injuries that range in severity. Anyone whose child has been harmed in this manner as a result of negligence needs to obtain the help of experienced New York medical malpractice lawyers as soon as possible.
Birth and Birth Injury Statistics in the United States
Even though the United States has had a relatively low birth rate as compared to the rest of the world in recent years, most statistics that are available indicate that approximately 4 million babies are delivered across the country every year. This number has been relatively steady in recent years, which is why the birth rate relative to other countries is dropping, as it is skyrocketing in many other places across the globe.
What makes this statistic so troubling is that based on almost every estimate available, approximately 6 out of every 1,000 babies who are born in the United States suffer some form of birth injury. That means that overall, approximately 240,000 babies are injured while they are in the process of being born every year. It should be noted that the birth injuries that are included in this statistic include those where the infant suffers only mild cuts or bruises, but these data also include those babies that suffer severe harm.
It should also be noted that not all birth injuries are the result of mistakes made by medical professionals overseeing these births. Some birth injuries are unavoidable, but the fact remains that too many others could have been and should have been avoided if the doctors, nurses and other professionals had performed up to their standards. Parents who face this situation are often devastated and they are generally unaware of what can be done in order to stand up for themselves.
If your child was harmed as a result of mistakes made by those who were supposed to protect the child’s safety during the delivery process, you need to seek the help of New York medical malpractice lawyers who have been fighting for the rights of families for more than 40 years. Contact The Fitzgerald Law Firm today to schedule a free initial consultation.