Welcoming a child into the world, and then raising him or her, as well as teaching them and loving them, is a dream come true for many parents. Although more often than not these activities go forward without any problems, there are situations where the mother or child are injured due to the negligence of a medical professional. If someone suffers such an injury, it is crucial to not wait to take legal action because time could be a factor in filing a personal injury lawsuit and the injuries can be life-altering. Our expert Massachusetts birth injury attorneys here at the Law Offices of Gilbert R. Hoy, Jr. and Affiliates have spent the last three decades recovering millions of dollars in damages for our injured clients.
While the overall number of birth injuries reported in the United States has decreased in recent decades, the risk of injury is still very real. The startling statistics included in a new study show that 1 of every 9,714 U.S. births involve a birth injury. Last year, there were approximately 28,000 birth injuries reported. The National Healthcare Quality Report shows that males are more likely to be injured at birth, with 5.08/1000 birth injuries occurring to female infants and 6.68/1000 birth injuries occurring to male infants. The most common types of birth injuries include brachial plexus injury fractures, hematoma, subdural and intracranial hemorrhage, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, and oxygen deprivation.
Those born in rural areas were 33 times more likely to suffer a birth injury than urban births. Of all births in the year this study was conducted, it was estimated that more than 157,000 injuries might have been avoided. The number of potentially preventable birth injuries indicates that there is a significant deficit in the overall standards of care observed by some doctors and hospitals. While even the most conscientious healthcare provider can make mistakes, negligence is a serious problem, and one for which healthcare providers should be held accountable.
If you, a loved one or a child has suffered substantial injuries during birth or shortly thereafter, you may be entitled to just and fair compensation. Please contact one of our expert Boston, MA birth injury attorneys, who have decades of experience fighting for our Massachusetts clients, either by phone at 617-787-3700 or by email at email@example.com for your free and confidential consultation. Your needs are our top priority!