Medical Malpractice Birth Injuries

Birth injuries occur in every 7 out of 1,000 babies born in the United States. While birth injuries may be caused by many factors, some are due in part to the negligence or medical malpractice of doctors and other healthcare professionals. Certain complications during pregnancy and the birthing process may increase the risk that the child will develop cerebral palsy, a disorder of the central nervous system that impedes normal motor function.

We’ve discussed cerebral palsy birth injuries in a previous post. It’s worth noting the symptoms of cerebral palsy in a newborn child: difficulty with balance or coordination, seizures, and mental retardation.

Birth injuries seriously affect a child’s quality of life as well as the lives of the parents. Estimates show that approximately 500,000 Americans are affected with cerebral palsy.