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Childbirth injury affects thousands of infants yearly

Every pregnancy comes with certain risks. One of the risks of pregnancy is the risk of childbirth injury. Such injuries affect thousands of children in the United States every year, including in the state of Rhode Island. Some medical injuries are not preventable, but some others definitely are preventable and occur due to medical negligence. 

In a recent news article, the author provided information from the Birth Injury Guide stating that 28,000 infants suffer from a birth injury annually. These medical ailments are caused by a variety of reasons. Some can be prevented with proper pre-natal healthcare. A physician can usually diagnose infections or deficiencies that can lead to diseases or disabilities for the child. 

Other issues can arise as the result of trauma from the birth itself. Some children suffer from forceps or vacuum extractor damages during delivery. The effects from this can be minor, and the infant will typically recover with no lasting effects with proper medical care. Other injuries related to birth trauma can have devastating effects such as cerebral palsy or meningitis caused by newborn jaundice. 

A physician has a duty to take all reasonable precautions in order to prevent childbirth injury. In Rhode Island, a person who has suffered a birth injury, or who has a child suffering from the same, may be entitled to compensation for damages caused by medical negligence of medical staff during birth. Many people who are victims of medical malpractice choose to use the services of an experienced attorney for help in presenting their cases. 

Source:, "Understanding Birth-Related Injuries", Carol Trehearn, Nov. 7, 2017

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