Wednesday, 23 May 2012 13:37
There are many complications that may arise during the birth of a child. While the vast majority of children are born without any problems, over 8,000 children a year suffer some sort of brain trauma in delivery. The costs involved with the raising of a child with a birth injury can be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. When combined with lost future wages and pain and suffering, the damages in a negligent delivery is often millions of dollars.
Common types of birth injuries include:
Head injury (Caput Succeadeum)
The doctor, midwife or other type of medical practitioner who delivered your child is trained to recognize if the baby is experiencing trauma during birth. At that point they should use their medical training to attempt to relieve the trauma and deliver the baby safely. If the actions the medical practitioner take at that time deviate from acceptable medical standards, then they may have been responsible for the injury.
If the medical practitioner acted negligently and cause the injury to your child, then you may have a claim to help cover the enormous costs related to the raising and caring of a child with a birth injury. These costs include medical care, testing, and operations to treat the injury. It may also include the cost of future care and support.
While many types of birth injuries are apparent immediately, that is not always the case. Sometimes the injury is misdiagnosed or not recognized. Other times, the medical problems of the child are not attributed to the birth process. In any case, there is a limited amount of time in which you may seek legal action for a birth injury. Every state has different time periods in which a birth injury case must be filed, and it is important to consult with an attorney as soon as the injury is discovered.
Birth injury law is handled by experienced medical malpractice attorneys. These attorneys know what types of issues generally arise in these situations, and how to handle them. Many birth injury attorneys have medical practitioners on their staff or available to them to provide the necessary expertise to properly analyze your situation and advise you on how to go forward with a claim.