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Are Birth Injuries More Common at Night?

Hospital patients may be familiar with the “weekend effect,” the phenomenon where patients admitted to the hospital on the weekend have less favorable outcomes. But did you know the same principle could also affect the birth of your child?

A growing of body of research suggests that night births may result in a higher risk of adverse outcomes. In several studies, birth injuries and other complications were directly attributable to medical errors related the care of the mother or child.

For instance, a 2010 study found that babies born during the nighttime were more likely to suffer from cerebral palsy. The researchers specifically found that babies born between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. were 22 percent more likely to develop cerebral palsy or other brain conditions than those born during the rest of the day.

As we have previously discussed on this San Diego Injury Blog, there are a number of risk factors that can increase the risk that a child will suffer from cerebral palsy. Many arise if the attending physician does not pay sufficient attention during delivery or makes mistakes in the delivery room, all of which may be more common at night when staff may be tired or overworked.

Birth injuries can quickly turn a joyous occasion into a stressful one. As San Diego medical malpractice lawyers, we know how devastating a cerebral palsy diagnosis can be, particularly if the underlying brain injury could have been prevented. In cases where the brain injuries could have been prevented or were caused by the actions of a doctor or other medical professional, children may have a case for medical malpractice.

If your child or someone you care about has suffered a serious birth injury caused by the negligence of a health care provider, you may be entitled to compensation. For more information, please contact a San Diego medical malpractice attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free consultation.