Having a child can be one of the happiest moments of your life. Unfortunately, it can also be a time of anxiety and fear. Approximately 7 out of 1,000 babies in the United States are injured either before or during childbirth. Additionally, 3% of infants (1 in 33 babies) are born with a birth defect.
Some of these injuries or conditions are the result of improper care or negligence by a medical provider, like a doctor, midwife, or nurse. The implications of a birth injury caused by negligence can be overwhelming with long-term effects on you and your child. When you are anticipating the birth of a healthy baby and your baby is born injured or unhealthy, often times you are left feeling helpless and wondering, “How could I have let this happen?”
It’s important to contact a personal injury lawyer if you suspect that your child’s birth defect or injury at birth was the result of medical negligence. Medical care for these conditions can be expensive and our lawyers can help you get the money you need to cover those expenses. Personal injury settlements can also include additional compensation for pain and suffering or for lost wages if you must take time off work to care for your child.
Common birth injuries include:
Many of these conditions occur due to genetic risk factors and could not have been prevented even with the best medical care. However, medical malpractice can sometimes be a contributing factor. It is possible that you were prescribed a medication that increased these risks or that your doctor misinterpreted a prenatal test that could have allowed you to address a condition sooner. If you suspect that malpractice was a factor, you should call a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. We can help you look at the facts of the case and determine if you have grounds for a lawsuit.
Injuries sustained during birth can include:
The natural contractions that come with childbirth can be hard on an infant and the potential for birth injury will always exist. However, in some circumstances, improper care provided by a health care professional during labor and delivery may be the likely cause of the injury.
Birth injury, medical malpractice, or negligence, can happen when your healthcare provider deviates from accepted standards of practice and causes an injury. This can happen in many different ways, such as:
Other types of injuries could be due to a medical care provider’s improper diagnosis or management of a complicated pregnancy or delivery such as:
If your child has been injured due to the negligence of a healthcare provider, it is important that you call an experienced personal injury lawyer. Call Grabb & Durando. Our attorneys will fight for your rights and help ensure that you get the compensation you deserve.