According to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there has been a startling increase in birth injuries in the United States. The study reveals that from 2000 through 2009, there was a 75 percent increase in emergencies during delivery, and post-delivery complications increased by 50 percent during the same time period. One result has been an increase in birth injury lawsuits by parents seeking compensation for medical malpractice.
The risk of complications during delivery is greater for women suffering from conditions such as diabetes, obesity or kidney disease, but women in good health can suffer from birth complications as well. Birth complications such as severe bleeding can be life-threatening for the mother, and other complications put the baby at risk.
A prolonged or abnormal labor may make a Caesarean section necessary, and if medical personnel fail to perform one or fail to perform it in a timely fashion, the result can be fetal distress, cerebral palsy, brain damage or even stillbirth.
After the publication of the CDC report, medical experts have called for better training and safety guidelines to deal with emergencies during a delivery. Some hospitals have instituted training procedures such as emergency drills. But medical malpractice still occurs, and parents of a child who suffer a birth injury should seek advice from a qualified birth injury attorney.