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What is the actual rate of birth trauma?

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The rate of birth injuries ranged from 0.2 to 37 per 1,000 births. Unfortunately, such a broad range of figures makes it difficult for policy experts to craft policies designed to address these concerns. To address this knowledge shortfall, a team of researchers from the University of Pittsburgh examined a series of studies and hospitals to perform a cross-section study. This post will go over the results of the study.

The study examined 890,582 in-hospital births to determine an accurate population distribution of birth injuries. The study relied on information collected in the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Kids' Inpatient Database. The study controlled for various factors such as demographics and clinical variables. The study found that the US has a birth injury rate of 29 per 1,000 births.

The three most typical injuries were scalp trauma, fractures, and breaks. But the study noted significant variation based on demographic factors such as race, location, the hospital, and other complications.

If you believe your child sustained a birth injury, then you may want to contact a lawyer. Birth injuries are, unfortunately, a sometimes-inevitable occurrence of the birth process. But modern medicine has devised multiple techniques and tools to prevent these injuries. It is possible that your child's injury was the result of negligence. If that was the case, you might have an actionable claim for personal injury for your child. Filing a lawsuit seems like the furthest thing from your mind, but it is crucial that you keep in mind that you may need the money from a settlement to pay the future medical expenses for your child.

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