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In the U.S., about 6 in every 1,000 babies will suffer from some form of birth trauma. Males are more likely to suffer injuries than females, and accidents are more likely to happen at non-profit hospitals. Also, newborns at large hospitals are more likely to incur birth injuries than newborns at smaller hospitals.
Cerebral palsy is one of the most common birth injuries. It causes speech impairment, partial paralysis and limited mobility, developmental problems, and difficulties with coordination. It is generally caused by inadequate oxygen to the brain or by a head trauma.
Situations in which this might occur are when the doctors or nurses fail to notice fetal distress or when they delay a Cesarean section too late. Other medical errors may include failure to diagnose or treat a unitary tract infection or placental infection in the mother or failure to act quickly or efficiently when the umbilical cord is wrapped around the baby's neck.
The average cost of treatment over the course of a lifetime for someone suffering from cerebral palsy is around $1 million.