Birth Injury Lawyers
What are Birth Injuries?
Complications during pregnancy and birth may permanently harm the baby or the mother. If these injuries were caused by the negligence of a medical professional or if the harm was avoidable, there may be legal recourse for the injured parties. A common cause of birth injuries is a doctor's failure to assess or respond to complications or disorders during the pregnancy or birthing process. Another common cause of birth injury occurs when the woman is given a prescription drug that ultimately harms the baby or adversely affects the pregnancy. It is important to note that a birth injury is different than a birth defect, which is not caused by medical professionals.
What Kinds of Birth Injuries Are There?
There are many possible birth injuries. The most common birth injuries include:
- Head injuries
- Damage caused by lack of oxygen
- Cerebral palsy
- Erbs palsy
- Down Syndrome
What are the Elements of a Birth Injury Claim?
In order to recover for a birth injury, the injured party must show:
- The medical professional failed to act reasonably or exercise due caution while treating the mother or child;
- This failure caused an injury to the child or mother; and
- The injury resulted in damages.
How Can a Lawyer Help?
A personal injury attorney can help you recover your medical expenses, and possibly for your physical pain and suffering. If you or your child has suffered a birth injury, contact a personal injury attorney to learn about your legal rights. Remember that there are deadlines for bringing personal injury claims, so do not wait until it is too late.
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Last Modified: 05-10-2011 11:31 AM PDT