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When a child’s birth is marred by a medical mistake

For expectant parents, the birth of a child is a long-awaited and anticipated event the culmination of which is meant to be a joyous and celebratory occasion. However, not all birth stories turn out this way.

From medical mistakes made during pregnancy to those that may occur during or immediately following a baby’s delivery; permanent physical and cognitive injuries may result that are financially burdensome and significantly impair the quality of life for those who are impacted.

While injuries suffered by some medical mistakes are obvious, in some cases damage suffered from an apparent birth injury may not be immediately apparent. In cases where a child is subsequently diagnosed with cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy or brachial plexus; parents would be wise to consult with an lawyer who can advise about taking legal action.

In addition to naming one or more responsible physicians and nurses as defendants in a medical malpractice claim, other parties or related entities may also be negligent in contributing to conditions that lead to a birth injury. For example the hospital at which a birth injury occurred may also be named a party to the claim for failures to adequately staff, train, follow protocols and employ qualified medical personnel.

Medical malpractice claims involving birth injuries are highly emotional and those who have suffered as a result of the negligent acts of a doctor or hospital deserve just compensation. An lawyer who has successfully handled medical malpractice cases will work hard to help families impacted by birth injuries secure compensation to help account for past and future medical expenses.

Source: FindLaw.com, “Responsible Parties in Birth Injury Cases: Who Can Be Sued?,” Feb. 18, 2015

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