What Now? Next steps after a birth injury
Discovering that your child has suffered a birth injury can be an overwhelming feeling. Understanding the complexity of a birth injury case and knowing the range of emotions you are experiencing as a parent at this time makes it all the more important that you reach out to our office as soon as possible.
As a parent of a child who has suffered birth injuries, you may find yourself feeling frustrated and sad that your child’s injuries could have been prevented.
Louisiana and Mississippi medical malpractice laws recognize that no parents should have to go through the process of learning that the negligent actions on behalf of medical personnel have caused serious, if not irreversible, damage to their new child.
While each situation is unique, there are several common types of birth injuries that could hurt your newborn and form the basis for a birth injury case. A negligent doctor can actually cause your child to suffer from lifelong damage, possibly entitling you to compensation for injuries.
Some of the most common injuries affecting newborns include caput succedaneum, cephalohematoma, forceps or bruising marks, facial paralysis, subconjunctival hemorrhage, cerebral palsy, or brachial palsy.
If your child has been diagnosed with any of the above-mentioned conditions, it is best to seek legal counsel immediately. Our birth injury overview page can provide you with more information about the general types of injuries and damage done at delivery by negligent doctors.
Your child may require long term care or additional medical services that are beyond your ability or financial means. This is where informed birth injury attorneys can counsel you about your case and make you aware of your rights as the parents of a child who has sustained injuries.
Statute of limitations laws, which include strict timelines for filing a medical malpractice suit, make it critical that you reach out for legal advice sooner rather than later. Doing so can help you get back on track with what is most important: treatment or recovery for your child.