At Birth Injury Guide, we understand that you have many questions and concerns about your child’s injury and what to do next. On this page, we outline some information and resources that can help you better understand your situation, facts about birth injuries, and opportunities for support.
Birth Injury Statistics
Birth injuries occur far more frequently than most parents would care to know. Estimates suggest that around 28,000 infants are born each year with a birth injury. These injuries include brachial plexus injury, bone fractures, spinal cord injuries, brain damage and cerebral palsy.
Birth Injury Blog
The Birth Injury Guide blog is a great resource for learning more about certain types of birth injuries. We also provide information about relevant lawsuits and legislation. You can also find helpful information about living with a birth injury.
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FAQs about Birth Injuries
Our Frequently Asked Questions page offers insight into the questions that clients ask us the most, as well as a general response from our legal professionals. For specific questions or answers, contact us directly.
Financial Support for Birth Injuries
A birth injury can have a dramatic impact on your finances. If your child is suffering from infant brain damage, cerebral palsy, nerve damage, epilepsy or autism, you may be facing long-term or even life-long medical and therapy expenses. Families often ask us about options for financial support. Here, we offer information and resources that can help families connect with organizations that offer financial and other support.
Glossary of Terms
At Birth Injury Guide, we want to provide you with access to information that is relevant to what your family is going through. This glossary of terms provides you with information on dozens of medical- and legal-related terms that you may encounter on our website. If you have legal questions related to any of these terms, we encourage you to contact us.
A sad reality of our healthcare system in the United States is that many women do not have access to adequate prenatal and childbirth care because of their race, ethnicity or economic standing. Here, we discuss healthcare disparities and how they impact women, children and growing families. This page is updated monthly to provide you with the most relevant and up-to-date information possible.
How Birth Injuries Affect Mothers
Birth injuries obviously affect the infant who is injured, but they also affect mothers. Not only do mothers face the emotional trauma of witnessing their child’s injury, but mothers can also be injured themselves. The physical and mental impact of birth injuries on mothers can have a profound impact on their ability to care for themselves and their newborn.
Life Care Plans
Children who suffer birth injuries often have disabilities that will continue to affect them for the rest of their lives. Disabilities like cerebral palsy can benefit from a Life Care Plan. This is a plan that outlines the anticipated needs of the child, and goals for the child, in the short- and long-term. A Life Care Plan also outlines the anticipated costs of the child’s care. A Life Care Plan is an important part of the overall plan for health and wellness for a child suffering from a birth injury.
Life for a Child with a Birth Injury
Life for a child with a birth injury will vary depending on the injury, the severity of the injury, the extent of damage done and the child’s overall health. Some children recover from birth injuries with few or no long-term complications. Others will require special accommodations and assistance with day-to-day activities. No matter which end of the spectrum your child falls on, there are plenty of things that you can do to help them enjoy the best possible life.
Support Groups for Birth Injuries
If your child has a birth injury, your family may feel alone or helpless. You don’t have to! There are a variety of support groups for birth injuries that can provide you with a network of families who have experienced a similar event. Support groups can be especially beneficial for families dealing with cerebral palsy or other lifelong disabilities.
Symptoms of Birth Injuries
The symptoms that your child experiences will vary depending on his or her birth injury. Generally, however, there are some symptoms that parents should never ignore. Here, we discuss the symptoms of birth injuries that appear immediately, within a year or two and later as your child develops.