What is a Birth Injury?
A birth injury occurs when a child is injured during delivery. For those whose child was injured during childbirth due to a medical error, it is important to act quickly. Our attorneys can review the details of your situation and help you determine the best course of action. Some common birth injuries are:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Brain injuries
- Erb’s Palsy
- Subconjunctival hemorrhage
- Newborn clavicle fracture
- Lacerations and bruises
Do I Have a Birth Injury Lawsuit?
Unfortunately, birth injuries are quite common. Despite significant advancements in medical technology over recent years, infant mortality rates are still considerably high. According to the CDC, there were over 23,000 infant deaths in 2016 alone. There are almost 600 infant deaths for every 100,000 live births.
Some birth injuries are the result of medical negligence which occurs when a medical professional fails to provide a reasonable standard of care or makes a mistake resulting in permanent injury or death. When a family experiences the injury or even loss of an infant, legal recourse may be the last thing on their minds. However, when a medical professional is held accountable for their negligence through a birth injury lawsuit, it can prevent similar mistakes from happening in the future.
What Makes a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Meritous?
In order to bring a successful medical malpractice claim or case, the claimant must prove that the health care provider acted negligently and that this negligence caused an injury and damage. Proving a case requires obtaining and reviewing medical records in conjunction with experts and then presenting the claim, with supporting evidence.
Lawyers specializing in birth injury lawsuits have the knowledge and expertise to find the mistakes doctors made, gather expert witnesses, and hold negotiations for a settlement in your favor.
What Damages Could I Recover in a Birth Injury Lawsuit?
Families who suffer a birth injury as a result of medical negligence have the right to recover for both their economic and emotional damages. With a birth injury lawsuit, you may be able to recover for:
- Past and future medical costs, including necessary home accommodations
- Pain and suffering, for both your child and your family
- Lost wages, in situations where a parent is no longer able to work due to child care requirements
- Other damages
Our firm has decades of experience with birth injury claims, to better assist you in your case. View our verdicts and settlements for more information on our history of success. Alternatively, our firm also specializes in cerebral palsy lawsuits, genetic testing lawsuits, and wrongful birth lawsuits.