Many birth injuries are short-term and the child recovers with no lasting effects, but some birth injuries require long-term care and treatment. They could even affect the child’s development and quality of life indefinitely.
Long-term birth injuries can be costly, both financially and emotionally. When they are the result of negligence on the part of the delivery room doctors and/or staff, it may warrant a medical malpractice lawsuit to recover damages. Discuss eligibility to pursue a lawsuit with a birth injury lawyer serving Bristol parents.
Types of Birth Injuries and Conditions
If your child suffers from any of the following conditions, it may be the result of an avoidable birth injury:
- Klumpke’s palsy.
- Erb’s palsy.
- cerebral palsy.
- brachial plexus palsy.
- and, brain injury from oxygen deprivation.
While not all of these conditions are necessarily connected to medical negligence – and this is not an exhaustive list – take steps to rule out that possibility. Contact birth injury attorneys in Bristol to review your case to determine whether you and/or your child are entitled to compensation.
What causes birth injuries?
Many birth injuries occur because of negligence during childbirth such as during deliveries requiring assistance such as cesarean section (c-section), forceps or vacuum extraction. In many instances, these types of deliveries involve emergency situations that include complications. These complications sometimes lead to birth injuries or trauma.
Birth injuries can also occur due to negligent prenatal care In some cases, failure to respond properly to a complication can cause birth injury and trauma.
Some examples of complications or conditions during labor and delivery that could lead to injury include:
- oxygen deprivation.
- improper use of forceps or vacuum.
- improper intubation after birth.
- and, improper monitoring mother’s or baby’s vitals.
What damages are recoverable?
Because serious birth injuries can cause a lifetime of diminished quality of life, costly medical care bills and emotional suffering, the injured child and affected parents may be able to bring suit against the responsible medical party to recover damages. Some of the damages typically compensated in such cases include:
- pain and suffering.
- medical bills for initial treatment and hospitalization.
- and, costs of ongoing care.
Other damages may be recoverable as well, so parents should consult birth injury lawyers in the Bristol area to go over their case in more detail.
What are my options if my child suffers a birth injury?
If you suspect that your child is suffering as a result of an injury during the delivery process and you believe a medical professional is responsible, consult a birth injury lawyer in Bristol familiar with birth injury cases. An attorney can review your case and help determine what steps to take next. Medical records and interviews with medical personnel, as well as other evidence and records, may be required to establish the viability of your claim.
If you have questions about birth injuries and would like more information about what you can do to help your child, Cordisco & Saile LLC can help. Call us today to set up a consultation to discuss your case with an attorney: 215-642-2335.