If you believe you and your child were victims of delivery room negligence, time is of the essence. The records about the birth are often discarded months after your delivery…records that are crucial to you. Hospitals and doctors can also lose records, it does happen. Staff that could be witnesses in your case may forget important details if too much time passes or they may move. Essential facts that are present days after delivery are oftentimes not available weeks later.
That is why you want to consult an experienced birth injury attorney as soon as possible so that records and other important information that may show that negligence occurred can be preserved. Furthermore, you can probably expect that when something unexpected happens, the hospital, its staff and the doctors involved can and do meet with their own attorneys and insurance companies. You want to have just as much lawsuit preparation as they do – and you’ll want the very best team on your side protecting your rights, your baby’s rights and litigating your lawsuit.
Seven out of every 1,000 births result in some kind of birth injury. Because babies are fragile, they are susceptible to harm in a variety of ways despite the availability of state-of-the-art hospitals, well-trained physicians and experienced surgical staff.
The permanent effects of birth injuries can be devastating for the infant, heartbreaking for the parents and family, and impose an overwhelming financial burden over time. These injuries may be caused by negligence on the part of the doctor or other medical professional. A birth injury lawsuit may be a way to obtain financial compensation for a medical mistake.
Cases where the medical staff responds improperly to infections, lack of oxygen, compressed umbilical cords, or excessive bleeding can cause birth injuries. Similarly, failure to respond to the need for a C-section in a timely manner may also cause trauma to the newborn infant. The improper use of vacuum extraction and forceps also can result in significant birth injury to a child.
Babies have bones and organs which are not fully developed at birth. Their immune systems are weaker overall than adults’ and they are more susceptible to infections, diseases and injury. The insight of an experienced attorney who is familiar with birth injuries will answer your questions about whether your baby’s injuries were the result of medical negligence.
Type of Birth Injuries
Legal cases involving birth injuries include:
- Bruising and lacerations from forceps
- Brain damage and injury
- Epilepsy, seizures and mental retardation
- Subconjuctival hemorrhage
- Cerebral Palsy
- Brachial Plexus Palsy
- Erb’s Palsy
- Fractured collar bone
- Fractured arm
- Temporary paralysis
- Caput succedaneum
- Skin irritations