The birth of a child is a beautiful, miraculous event. But when something goes wrong, it can turn a family upside down and cause immeasurable pain. The birth injury attorney team at the Goldwater Law Firm has dedicated it’s time to helping parents of injured children fight for their rights after a mistake was made by a negligent physician, nurse, or medical assistant.
How Birth Injuries Happen
Labor and delivery personnel are trained to uphold high standards of care when dealing with each and every expectant mother. If these professional standards are ignored, both mother and baby can suffer life-threatening consequences.
The majority of injuries during labor and delivery could have been prevented. The causes of birth injury are numerous and usually involve poor decision making on the part of a labor and delivery doctor or medical team member. There are various types of birth injury, including brain injury, brachial plexus injury, shoulder dystocia, cerebral palsy, and Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension (PPH).
Legal Action for Birth Injury
If you suspect your newborn’s injury is the direct result of a medical mistake, you need answers. You may want to take legal action – remember that you are not alone! There are thousands of mothers and fathers going through the same frightening process. Birth injury attorneys may offer hope and financial compensation to families affected by labor and delivery injuries.
After news of a birth injury, your first instinct may be to deal directly with the doctor or hospital administrator that oversaw your labor and delivery. However, you may find it difficult to get detailed information, especially when medical schedules are so tightly packed. You may also discover it challenging to find any information that is not documented on your patient chart.
To protect your legal interests, particularly if you suspect medical negligence, you are advised to tell your story to an experienced birth injury lawyer. We will help you take the right steps to get the answers you deserve.
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How do I know if medical negligence caused my child’s injury?
The only way to know for certain is to have a third-party medical expert evaluate the steps taken during labor and delivery that contributed to your child’s birth injury. Very rarely will you have a situation where your doctor or medical support staff admits fault.
The only way to properly evaluate your situation is to start with all of the facts and have a skilled birth injury legal team perform a comprehensive investigation and assessment. A medical malpractice lawyer will need to see medical records for your injured child and get a report of your labor and delivery, along with other information that may come into play. Once the attorney has a clear picture of the type of malpractice and the impact of your child’s injuries, he can begin to assemble a compensation estimate that is focused on getting you the maximum recovery amount.
How does legal compensation help prepare my child for the future?
Typically in birth injury cases involving infants or small children, medical and economic experts are consulted to forecast the financial impact a birth injury will have throughout your child’s lifetime. Because many birth injuries are difficult to predict, settlements are often designed to cover the worst case scenario for ultimate protection. Many claims also involve compensation for emotional trauma, loss of earning potential, and pain and suffering.
If you are struggling to make sense of your child’s birth injury and you want answers about the labor and delivery care you received, a birth injury attorney can help. If an error in judgment is to blame for your child’s injuries, the attorney can help you uncover evidence of a medical mistake. We’ll help you investigate the situation and file a birth injury claim. We will also take care of all of the paperwork involved and lead you through the legal process as efficiently as possible. If you would like to learn more about birth injuries and your legal rights, please contact the Goldwater Law Firm today.
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