Babies have no concept of time and when labor starts, labor starts. It
could be right after lunch or in the wee hours of the morning. Regardless
of what the clock says, pregnant women and their partners head to the
hospital and prepare for the addition of a new family member.
All labor and delivery cases carry some risk, but does the time of day
affect the overall outcome of a birth? The statistics may surprise you.
The Shocking Facts About After-Hours Birth Injuries
In a study published in 2012 by
BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, data from the Netherlands Perinatal Registry was collected about births
that occurred between 2003 and 2007. Some infants, such as those with
a high priori risk of morbidity, were not counted in the study.
The results revealed that labor and delivery that occurred at night and
involved an augmented delivery or an emergency C-section increased the
risk of an adverse outcome. It was noted that weekend deliveries did not
display this same increased risk, only deliveries that occurred at night
on weekdays. The study estimated that between 126 and 141 births every
year can result in adverse outcomes simply due to delivery occurring at night.
Was Your Baby the Victim of an After-Hours Birth Injury?
It can be difficult to understand why births that occur at night would
be riskier than births that occur at any other time. If your child was
delivered at night in a hospital and you experienced complications or
your child was diagnosed with a
birth injury, negligence or carelessness may have been a factor. If your child has
a developmental delay or a condition such as
cerebral palsy, it may be connected to when and how your child was born.
Not all birth injuries are noticeable right away and may not present symptoms
until later in life. In fact, many parents don’t connect their child’s
new disabilities to their birth. It’s important to fully evaluate
the facts of the case in order to determine if negligence influenced the
outcome and whether an avenue for compensation exists.
At The Mellino Law Firm, we work with hundreds of families touched by birth
injuries. We can help you seek the full and fair compensation and justice
your family deserves after a traumatic birth and its often long-lasting effects.
Contact The Mellino Law Firm at (440) 333-3800 to schedule your no-cost, no-obligation consultation
today. We are available to help you hold those responsible for your child’s
birth injuries accountable for their actions, and also to help you recover
compensation for the extensive medical care your child may need due to
their injuries. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our firm today for
experienced legal help.