Birth Injury Lawyers
The arrival of a baby is a joyous time, filled with hope, and expectations of happiness and good health for your child. Parenthood is one of the most rewarding experiences in life, and dreams for the future are part of every parent’s thoughts as they anticipate the arrival of their much loved child. Sadly, dreams are all too often shattered when the baby suffers a devastating injury during pre-natal care, labor or delivery.
A birth injury is defined as “damage or injury to a child before, during, or just after the birthing process”, and, in many cases, is completely preventable. Often caused by sheer medical negligence on the part of physicians and medical staff, birth injuries can be minor in nature, such as bruising or lacerations, or can be more severe such as broken bones or prolonged oxygen deprivation, or even death. Learning or developmental delays and behavioral issues are also not uncommon results following a birth injury. Regardless of the type of injury, birth injuries can be devastating, and usually result in life-long consequences significantly affecting the health of the child and their quality of life.
Difficult labor and delivery are an all too often occurrence, and experienced physicians and medical staff can recognize the signs and provide the appropriate medical interventions and care. Yet, physicians and medical staff are human, and like everyone else, can make mistakes. Unfortunately, their mistakes often lead to devastating results, and in many cases, could have been easily avoided by recognizing signs or providing the appropriate medical care. Some of the more common causes are:
The above is not an exhaustive list of examples of medical negligence resulting in birth injury. If you believe your child has suffered an injury due to medical negligence during pregnancy, labor or delivery, it’s important to speak to a birth injury lawyer as soon as possible.
There are many types of birth injuries. In some cases, birth injuries are unavoidable. Unfortunately, in far too many cases, birth injuries are a result of medical negligence when medical professionals failed to recognize signs of potential problems or failed to provide the interventions necessary to avoid trauma. Common birth injuries include: