Sometimes an infant is born with a permanent disability that occurred due to an unknown circumstance in the womb – potentially an injury that the mother sustained while pregnant or simply genetics. However, when a baby is arguably healthy and delivered by medical professionals in a way that causes serious birth injuries, parents have reason to be upset.
If your newborn has endured a traumatic outcome of birth, such as a brain injury, cerebral palsy or Erb's palsy, you may be entitled to compensation. A settlement could help to cover the medical expenses that ensue, as well as serve some justice for parents and the child who may require long-term care for the lasting effects.
In a birth injury case, it is necessary to determine whether serious injuries occurred due to a negligent doctor or negligent nurse during the delivery process. An improper delivery with required instruments that cause an extractor injury is one instance where medical professionals could be found at fault.
Delayed decisions to perform a cesarean section, for example where a baby is too large or improperly positioned during delivery, could also result in injury. A mother may sustain uterine rupture or placental abruptions, while an infant could suffer oxygen deprivation as a result of negligence.
If you or your baby endured birth injuries during the delivery process, it can be helpful to seek professional legal advice. A lawyer will often be able to assess your birth injury case and provide guidance on your legal options and representation of your case if necessary.
Our law firm is a personal injury practice, and we work with medical malpractice and negligence cases. We suggest if you have any questions about such injuries involving a baby that you take a look at our page on birth injuries to learn more about what we can do on your behalf.