A form of medical malpractice, birth injuries caused by your healthcare provider is an extremely traumatizing even that can occur for the family of the child. According to research conducted by the National Health Care Quality Report, there were 6.58 birth injuries for every 1,000 babies born in the United States in the year 2000. This is a staggering number that has led many to fear for the well-being of their child.
A birth injury refers to the suffering a baby goes through that has been caused by some sort of traumatic event that was preventable and can usually occur during the process of childbirth. These injuries can be caused by the devices used by caregivers when delivering the baby, such as forceps or vacuum extractors.
If a child you know has suffered from the result of medical malpractice, you are entitled to filing a malpractice lawsuit. Experienced attorneys such as those with our firm can help you seek compensation for the child that will follow them for their entire lifetime. These lawsuits may seem overwhelming, and you may wonder to even begin. This is where our trusted team of experts comes in to file the lawsuit against the doctors or hospital in which the baby experienced the trauma and injury.
The birth injuries of a traumatic event may be obvious in certain cases, such as when your baby suffers from seizures or oxygen deprivation within or after the first 24 hours of their life. Certain injuries, however, may not be so obvious and may lay in wait for some time before manifesting in the child. Symptoms that may not appear until later include:
Sometimes, birth injuries can be caused even before the delivery by prescribed drugs that were issued to pregnant mothers. This could lead to the need for a lawsuit against the drug company, pharmacist, hospital, or the doctor who prescribed the medication,
Exhaustion or inexperience can lead to injury or damage to you or your child during the high-risk event that is childbirth. These long-term injuries as a result of medical negligence can lead to issues that can affect your child later in life such as cerebral palsy (CP), a life-altering condition that is incurable and can lead to extreme emotional and financial stress on both the child and the family.
Call Jon K. Davis, PC, in New York at (516) 730-3446 to discuss your legal options. You may also send us an email to initiate a consultation.