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The birth of a child should be the greatest day in a parent’s life. Seeing their child for the first time should be a magical moment. But sometimes what should be a magical moment turns into a memory that you want to forget. Now because the hospital or birthing center you chose was negligent in the delivery, you are now faced with mounting medical bills which you were not expecting. You may have many questions about birth injuries and what to do next.
What exactly is a birth injury?
A birth injury is an injury to the child which occurs during the birth process. Whether that injury occurs prior to the birth, during the birth or after the birth it all falls under the same situation. While some of these injuries are temporary in nature, some of them result in lasting permanent injuries which the child then has to live with for the rest of his/her life. Some examples of common birth injuries include Erb’s palsy, fractures or broken bones, bruising, Cerebral palsy and many others. Birth injuries can be identified before a baby is born but are typically more common after the baby has been delivered.
Why was my child born with these injuries?
Often times birth injuries are caused by situations which are completely out of the physicians’ hands. But other times, trauma which occurs during the birthing process contributes to the injuries or is the sole cause of the injury. Pressure and force used during the process may result in bruising or broken bones. It could also result in nerve damage to the baby. Another situation is known as meconium aspiration syndrome and occurs when early infant stool is released and mixes with the fluid already present. This fluid can then enter the airways or the lungs and can lead to pneumonia or other severe health issues. If the baby has been born and the injury occurs while they are treating the newborn, they also could be liable for the injuries. If the nursing staff fails to properly care for the baby or fails to take care of any complications, this is also viewed as a birth injury. If the newborn is not monitored closely after birth and they suffer an injury as a result, they will be held responsible. The injuries the baby suffers may be with them for the rest of their lives, and they may need special care as a result.
Should I file a lawsuit against the hospital or medical provider?
Unfortunately, after a birth injury, the child may suffer for a significant time, maybe even the rest of their life. It may result in a higher financial burden on the parents because they now have to support a child who may have a serious medical condition. It is not right that the parents are now forced to pay for this on their own through no fault of theirs. Holding the negligent staff and physicians at the hospital responsible is often times the only recourse. In addition to getting compensation for the injuries, it also raises awareness about the negligent conduct of the hospital and might steer others away from that very same unfortunate situation. Getting an attorney involved who can asssit in getting you the compensation you deserve is always recommended. The attorneys at the Lopez Law Group are here to assist. We have experience in birth injury cases and can make sure that your rights are protected. We can be reached at 727-933-0015. Our attorneys are standing by and our consultations are always free. Give us a call today to see if you might have a case against a hospital for their negligence.