What to Do If You Think You Have a Birth Injury Malpractice Case
November 22, 2016
The birth of your child should be one of the happiest days of your life. Every new parent wants the same thing—a happy, healthy baby. However, what do you do when the doctors you trusted caused an injury to your child during delivery?
If you believe your child was injured at birth due to the negligence of a medical professional, you should contact Stanley Law Offices for our medical malpractice assistance.
Medical professionals are expected to adhere to an accepted standard of practices set by other professionals within the industry. When a doctor fails to meet this standard, and a patient is hurt, a court may award damages in a malpractice suit.
Five out of every 1,000 babies born in the U.S. suffer a birth injury. Some of these could not have been prevented. In these cases, a lawsuit would not have been successful. Other injuries, however, are the result of medical malpractice. These are usually due to a doctor’s failure to identify and respond to complications during pregnancy or delivery, but they can also be the result of harmful medications prescribed during the pregnancy. This may be the fault of the doctor, or it may be the result of a pharmaceutical company failing to warn the public of risks to an unborn child adequately.
Many birth injuries involve damage to a baby’s brain, either through trauma or a lack of oxygen. This lack of oxygen can lead to different disorders that can be classified as cerebral palsy. Other injuries may involve the use of teratogens, or chemicals (such as medications), which cause congenital disabilities in a child.
If you do have a case for a birth injury lawsuit, a jury will listen to testimony from other experts about whether your doctor provided adequate care to you and your baby, either before or during pregnancy or birth. (These experts are usually other doctors.) If damages are awarded in a case with a child who is still living, the money will usually be paid to the child or put in a trust.
As a parent, protecting your child is your top priority. Your doctors should be held to the highest standard of accountability, especially when it comes to caring for the most fragile members of the family. If your child was injured and you need someone to fight with you to right that wrong, contact us at Stanley Law Offices. We’re here to help you.