The birth of a child is usually a time of joy and celebration. Unfortunately, when a child is born with a birth defect or birth injury due to a medical professional's negligence, the consequences can be tragic. Review the following frequently asked questions to learn more about birth injury lawsuits.
What are some common birth injuries?
Birth injuries can include cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy, bone fractures, paralysis, infection, and wrongful death. Swelling on a baby’s head, bruising, and brain damage due to lack of oxygen during labor and delivery can also result in a birth injury.
How do I determine if I have a birth injury case?
A birth injury lawsuit falls under the category of medical malpractice, which means that a healthcare professional did not provide care that met the professional standard. If you suspect that a doctor, nurse, mid-wife, or other healthcare professional did not adequately assess or respond to conditions and complications before, during, or after your baby’s birth, and your baby was injured as a result, you may have a birth injury claim. To determine the best way to proceed, consult an attorney as soon as possible.
Who do I file my claim against in a birth injury lawsuit?
Birth injury claims are often complex. Depending on the circumstances of the case, many parties may be held liable for injuries, including nurses, obstetricians, anesthesiologists, midwives, or even an entire hospital.
What should I do if I think my baby is the victim of a birth injury?
If you suspect medical negligence caused your child's birth injury, contact an attorney who has experience in birth injury lawsuits to set up a consultation right away. The attorney will review the circumstances of your case and help protect your legal rights.