Posted on November 27, 2016
The birth of a child is one of the most beautiful miracles of life, but complications can arise before and during labor that result in an injury to the baby. When these situations occur it is important to understand the legal rights to afforded to both the baby and it’s parents.
Birth Injuries occur due to a complication in the delivery process. They are typically caused by lack of oxygen or head trauma during the delivery. Complications can be caused by the doctor’s use of an improper technique or medical device during delivery. They fall under medical malpractice when they are caused by a doctor’s negligence, or failure to act in a manner in which a reasonably competent physician would have under the circumstances. Examples of this include when a physician uses a device such as forceps or a vacuum that harms the baby during delivery.
Brain Related Injuries
Brain related injuries usually arise from lack of oxygen at birth, which can result in sever consequences. Cerebral palsy (CP), is a brain related injury that affects around 800,000 children. Sadly, this injury can usually be prevented with corrective preventative measures take by the physician. Other common brain related birth injuries include:
Muscle Related Injuries
Common muscle related and physical injuries include:
If your child was injured during delivery, you have the right to compensation. Contact us about your case.