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According to statistics, 6 to 8 out of every 1,000 infants in the United States are born with a birth defect. This means that roughly 1 in every 9,714 people in the country are born with some type of birth injury.

Read more: FAQs about Birth Injury Lawsuits

Every parent hopes that their child will be born happy and healthy. Unfortunately, when mistakes are made in the delivery room or a member of the hospital staff misses a warning sign, children and mothers can suffer serious injuries that can require everything from extensive medical treatment to long-term care.

Read more: In New York, who is at fault for a birth injury?

If an infant gets cerebral palsy because of brain damage prior to being born or during the delivery process, it is referred to as congenital cerebral palsy. Data shows that the vast majority of all people who have cerebral palsy have the congenital form Babies who are born weighing less than 5.5 pounds could be at a higher risk for congenital CP as well as those who are born prematurely.

Read more: Reducing the risk of congenital CP for New York mothers

As functioning members of society, we can easily imagine what we would miss if we lost the ability to perform even the most simplest of tasks. Perhaps that's why it's easy for us to consider the opportunities and life experiences children miss out on when they suffer a birth injury.

Read more: How a single birth injury can end up costing you your life

Although there has been a decrease in the overall number of birth injuries reported in the United States in recent decades, there is still a very high risk of it occurring.

Read more: Delayed Birth Injury and Medical Malpractice

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