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Are Larger Infants More Susceptible to Birth Injuries in Kentucky?

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Babies that weigh more than 4500 grams (9 pounds, 15 ounces) are considered larger infants, and are more susceptible to birth injuries in Kentucky and throughout this nation. Sadly, higher rates for birth injuries have been reported, as there are more risk factors for large-for-date infants.

Although a larger baby is more susceptible to have a birth injury, premature infants and babies who are not in the correct position during childbirth (breech delivery) are also babies that have high risk factors for sustaining a birth injury in Kentucky.

When an expectant mother is allowed to labor for too long or if a woman has an unusually shaped pelvic bone or a small pelvic area, it can be harder for her to deliver a larger baby through a vaginal birth. If this problem isn't caught in time, and doctors are forced to use vacuum extractors and forceps, the tools can easily injure a baby.

A doctor can be liable for this Kentucky birth injury if he did not order a cesarean section (C-section) in time to avoid a birth injury, if he delayed in his actions, if he used too much force, or if he did not make sure the baby was receiving enough oxygen to the brain and blood flow during the delivery process.

Although larger babies are more susceptible to birth traumas, the doctors and nurses involved are the ones who should know what to do to avoid debilitating or often fatal birth injuries.

If your infant sustained a brain injury, Cerebral palsy, Erb's palsy, broken bones, or any other birth injury in Ohio or Kentucky, please call an experienced Northern Kentucky birth injury attorney at the law office of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson at (859) 578-4444 or (888) 606-5297 to find out if you are entitled to receive financial compensation in a free consultation today.

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