Thousands of infants born each year in the U.S. suffer injuries during the birth process. Most of these injuries are minor and occur naturally because of complications with a pregnancy or a difficult birth. However, many birth injuries are the result of mistakes or negligence on the part of doctors and other healthcare professionals responsible for providing care during the mother’s labor and delivery of the baby.
If your child suffers from a birth injury that resulted from medical negligence or error, you probably have concerns about the future. You could be wondering what type of care your child will need and how your family will be able to provide it.
At Malik Law, we understand these concerns and want to help you and your family provide the best care possible for your child. Our experienced birth injury attorneys can help you get compensated fairly for your child’s injuries and suffering and hold the responsible parties accountable for their negligence.
Birth Injuries and Medical Malpractice
Complications during birth may be natural and unpreventable in some cases. However, obstetricians and nurses are trained to recognize and respond to risks that can contribute to birth injuries.
If they fail to take necessary actions, such as ordering a timely cesarean section, and your child is injured, the failure could constitute medical malpractice. If they do not monitor the baby’s vital signs adequately and your child is endangered, or if they use forceps or another extraction method improperly and cause injury, their actions could also constitute medical malpractice.
Birth injuries range in severity, and may be temporary or permanent. Some birth injuries can be corrected with treatment and therapy, while others may be life-altering and require continuous treatment. Birth injuries can cause both cognitive and physical disabilities. Disabilities and injuries that may stem from birth complications include:
- Brachial palsy
- Brain damage
- Broken, fractured and dislocated bones
- Cerebral palsy
- Erb’s palsy
- Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy
- Subconjunctival hemorrhage
- Shoulder dystocia
Effects of Birth Injuries
Having a child who suffers from a birth injury can severely alter the lives of all members of a family. Parents might be forced to change work schedules and even quit jobs in order to care for a child who has special needs due to a birth injury.
The difficulty of attending to these needs may place emotional stress on the child, parents, siblings, and other close family members. In addition, having to pay for treatments, therapy, and equipment can be costly, leading to financial hardship and even more stress.
Birth Injury Claims and Compensation
If your child has suffered a birth injury and you suspect medical malpractice is the cause, please don’t hesitate to contact a birth injury attorney. An experienced birth injury attorney can help determine whether certain actions or lack of actions taken by the acting physician and other medical staff were reasonable or could be instances of medical malpractice.
If medical malpractice is involved, you’ll want to file a claim soon to ensure that the timeframe established by the statute of limitations is met and that you receive fair compensation for your child’s injury as soon as possible. An experienced birth injury attorney can possibly help you recover the costs of medical treatments and therapy for your child, as well as payment for intangible damages, such as pain and suffering. Costs of future special education needs and other anticipated expenses could also be included.
Help from Experienced Orlando Birth Injury Attorneys
When your child is injured during the birth process, you and your family are most likely concerned with getting him treated immediately and hearing a positive prognosis. Handling the stress of not knowing what the future holds while facing mounting expenses for medical treatment and therapy can be overwhelming.
We think your immediate concerns and worries about your child’s health should not be compounded by financial problems and stress. We want to put our experience and resources to work helping you get the financial compensation you need to care for your child.
Our personal injury attorneys will work diligently to help you get compensated fairly and fully for your child’s birth injury. Please call us at 407-500-1000 or submit our FREE CASE EVALUATION form online to talk with an experienced Orlando birth injury attorney. We’re available 24/7 to help you.
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