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Birth Injuries

Birth Injuries2018-10-24T16:22:16-04:00

A medical professional has made a mistake that has harmed your newborn. You’re likely wondering:

  • How can I afford the best care possible for my child?
  • Can I sue the doctor or hospital?
  • How do I prove that medical malpractice caused my child’s birth injury?
  • Is hiring a lawyer worth it?
  • How long does it take to recover compensation?

Our experienced birth injury attorneys are prepared to answer all of your questions during this difficult time.

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Most parents worry quite a bit about the future of their children but the last thing on their minds is that their child will sustain an injury during delivery that may change their future forever.

Birth Injuries: The Facts

Each year, physicians, nurses, and other medical professionals make mistakes that cause serious injuries to their patients. It’s bad enough when an adult is injured but when a newborn comes into the world with injuries that could have been prevented, it’s a tragedy.

When this medical malpractice occurs, the parents of the injured baby have the right to take steps to obtain the compensation that will help them create a brighter future for their child. Compensation can be obtained by filing a civil lawsuit against the medical professional and hospital whose negligence caused the injury.

Common Birth Injuries

The most common injuries sustained during labor and delivery include:

Brachial Palsy

Everyone has nerves in the neck which then travel down into the arm called the brachial plexus. When these nerves are damaged, the infant may lose the use of their arm and sensation in the arm.

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The skin and bones of a newborn are extremely fragile and fractures happen all too often. In fact, 1 in 50 babies are born with a broken clavicle and while the bone often heals without complication, the fracture can also damage tendons and nerves near the break.

Facial Paralysis

Pressure on the facial nerve can occur during delivery, especially when forceps are used. This can damage the nerve and result in the ability to voluntarily move the facial muscles.

C-Section Injuries

A c-section is typically performed when a doctor has identified that the child or mother’s life is in danger and they need to be delivered as soon as possible, or when a medical condition has been identified that complicate labor and delivery. However, if a c-section isn’t performed in time or incorrectly, both mother and child may suffer as a result.

These are just a few examples of the injuries that a newborn may sustain if a medical professional makes a mistake.

Why Should I Consider Filing A Birth Injury Lawsuit?

newborn with a birth injuryBirth injury lawsuits can provide the plaintiffs with significant compensation for:

  • past and future medical expenses
  • lost wages
  • physical pain and suffering
  • emotional trauma

While there is no sum that can ever change the past, the compensation that can be obtained through a lawsuit can provide the victim of medical malpractice with a much brighter future.

How Much Will I Be Able To Recover Through A Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?

Each medical malpractice lawsuit is different as are the actual losses that have been suffered by the plaintiff. Any compensation that is obtained through a legal complaint is intended to cover those losses, which is why it is impossible to estimate how much a case is worth until it has been carefully reviewed.

Call our local law offices today to have one of our experienced medical malpractice lawyers review your case.

How Long Will It Take To Recover Compensation?

Lawsuits can take a substantial amount of time to reach a conclusion, however, don’t let this deter you from moving forward. The majority of time is spent during the discovery phase. During discovery, our attorneys will investigate and collect evidence that will support your claim. Examples of the types of evidence we may collect includes:

  • Medical Records
  • Witness Statements
  • Surveillance Video
  • Expert Testimony

Once a strong case has been built, our legal team will then either negotiate a proper settlement on your behalf of fight aggressively for your rights in court.

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