Report Finds Infant Deaths More Common in Rural Areas
Rural areas tend to have a higher infant death rate than cities and counties with large populations. A report by the National Center for Health Statistics released in February examines mortality rates for newborns in rural and urban areas and sheds light on some of the causes of infant deaths.
According to a Washington Post article about the report, researchers examined birth and death data from 2013-2015. During that time, there were 6.69 deaths for every 1,000 live births in rural counties; 6.29 deaths per 1,000 in small and medium urban counties; and 5.49 deaths per 1,000 in large urban counties.
Researchers listed the top causes of death as congenital malformations, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and unintentional injuries. However, rural counties had the lowest infant mortality rates for low birth weight and maternal complications.
Researchers list leading cause of infant deaths in rural counties
In looking at deaths of babies who were between 28 and 364 days of age, researchers found the rate of death was highest in rural counties for four of the five leading causes: SIDS, congenital malformations, unintentional injuries and homicides.
SIDS in particular stands out. The rate of SIDS in rural counties is nearly double the rate in urban areas: 5.5 deaths per 1,000 live births vs. 2.78 per 1,000.
At Tyrone Law Firm, we have extensive experience advocating for families who have faced the loss of a child or a serious injury to a child due to negligence. We advocate for the rights of families, whether they live in a big city such as Atlanta or a small county in rural Georgia.
The loss of an infant or serious injury to a child is one of the most difficult experiences a parent can face. Any infant death demands a thorough investigation – whether the baby died from SIDS, a birth defect or an unintentional injury.
As birth injury attorneys, we ask questions. No family should be left wondering what happened to their child. We fight hard to get answers for our clients. A medical condition such as Erb’s Palsy or Cerebral Palsy may be linked to a healthcare provider’s negligence. A person who causes an unintentional injury should be held accountable.
If your family is facing a loss and you suspect negligence, you don’t have to search for answers on your own. Our legal team has extensive experience that we can put to work for you. Contact us today.