Birth Injuries and Doctor or Hospital Liability

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Young children or infants may suffer from life-long and debilitating serious injuries, such as cerbral palsy, if medical professionals are not careful enough to provide proper care for them during the whole period of an infant’s development, during birth and after delivery. These also include the period during the infant labor, prenatal and post-natal infant delivery period.

Injuries incurred during birth, although minor, could have traumatic effects on the infant that could affect them for the rest of their lives. Most of these injuries, however, are preventable and could be avoided if proper medical care is observed.

In some cases, a birth injury could lead to other more serious injuries or illnesses such as cerebral palsy, paralysis, quadriplegia, or infant death. The causes of infant injuries may vary and some of them may include the following factors:

  • Delayed admittance to hospital
  • Wrong or delayed diagnosis of a medical problem
  • Uterine rupture
  • Failure to Diagnose Down Syndrome
  • Failure to Perform Timely C-Section
  • Failure to Recognize Fetal Distress

Who's Fault is It?

Birth injuries are often the results of negligence or direct recklessness. Medical professionals or caregivers are directly responsible for the care and safety of infants during this period. The potential liable parties in a birth injuries case may include any of the following:

  1. Attending physician
  2. Obstetrician
  3. Anesthesiologist
  4. General Hospital staff
  5. Midwife
  6. Nurse

Aside from the pain and suffering that parents may experience for their infants who are seriously injured as a result of birth injuries, the expenses these injuries may entail could be an added burden to the family. Some of the medical expenses for treatment of an infant with birth injuries may include the following:

  • Regular doctor consultation
  • Adaptive therapy
  • Electronic devices
  • Medications
  • Medical equipment
  • Nursing care
  • Physical therapy
  • Psychological therapy
  • Personalized help

In addition to this, the parents and family members may also have to take time off from work to make sure their child receives the best medical treatment for the injuries. Proper medical treatment is just one way of alleviating the suffering of infant with birth injuries. However, if you believe your child’s birth injury is caused by negligence or malpractice, you need to consult with an experienced birth injury attorney to help you recover damages for the injuries.

The required expenses for the care of an injured infant may cost you a fortune and the responsible parties who caused the birth injuries must be held accountable for their actions. As the victim’s parents, you are entitled to file a claim for damages, to recover what was lost, and to ensure that your child would receive the best medical treatment she deserves, and for the child to recuperate. To obtain compensation for birth injuries, you need to take the services of an experienced birth injury lawyer. This compensation may reimburse your family for past medical expenses, as well as other costly future medical expenses associated with the birth injury suffered by the infant.


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