The birth is a child is typically a momentous occasion and a time of great joy, marking the beginning or expansion of a family. But it can quickly turn somber if the child has experienced a birth injury. This is even more upsetting if the injury is the result of medical malpractice on the part of the doctor and medical staff. In these cases, the family may be entitled to compensation and should hire an experienced medical malpractice injury attorney.
So, what are some examples of birth injuries caused by medical negligence, and what compensation is available? Read more below on these cases and why an experienced medical malpractice attorney is important.
Common forms of birth injuries
One of the most common forms of birth injuries includes improper forceps use. Doctors use forceps to help with positioning the mother. But, these can lead to the oxygen supply to the child being cut off. In other instances, a doctor may use a vacuum if they are having trouble getting the baby of out the birth canal. If not used correctly, it can cause devastating injuries to both the mother and baby.
A delayed or emergency Caesarian section, especially when the child is experiencing distress in the womb, is another common birth injury.
The cost of a birth injury
Not only is a birth injury devastating because the child is hurt or will now have special needs, but it also leads to a heavy financial burden. Many families with injured children face difficult financial situations when it comes to therapy. This often means hefty bills for medical expenses that the child needs, which is where an experienced medical malpractice attorney is key.
Compensation for families
Once the plaintiff proves medical negligence, the child’s parents or legal guardians can file for damages. This can be for compensation for medical expenses, therapy, special education costs, doctor visits. It also can include emotional and psychological support or services.
Hiring an experienced personal injury attorney
Taking on a case alone can be confusing, stressful, and time-consuming. To receive the compensation you deserve, it’s vital to hire an experienced attorney who is familiar with birth injury cases. An attorney has the expertise, knows the process, and will passionately fight for you so you get the results you deserve.
If you believe your child’s birth injury is the result of medical negligence, please contact us at the Badgley Law Group today. Our team is experienced in representing victims of birth injury. We will work tirelessly to win the compensation you and your family deserve. Call us today to set up a free consultation.