The birth of a child is one of the most memorable times in a mother’s life. For many women, though, this beautiful moment is marred by a birth injury. A new study by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality shows that many birth injuries suffered by both newborns and mothers could be avoided.
The study, which analyzed data from a 2006 study, concluded that over 150,000 of the birth injuries suffered that year could have been avoided. This means that many of these birth injuries are the result of a medical professional’s negligence.
In addition to looking into the number of avoidable birth injuries, the study investigated where the birth injuries happened. According to the study, the chances for a mother or newborn to suffer a birth injury was 44% higher in low income communities. Also, babies had a higher rate of injury if they were covered by Medicaid than if they were covered by a private insurance company.
If you or your baby was injured during childbirth, you may be able to recover compensation for the injuries. It is important to consult an experienced birth injury lawyer to find out if you have a valid claim.