The complete and utter devastation and heartbreak that occurs when you find that your newborn child has been harmed due to the negligence or oversight of the very same medical professional who was supposed to offer care and healing can be completely overwhelming. Birth defects are the leading cause of infant death in the United States, and some of them are completely avoidable.
One in every 33 babies born has a birth defect, and a percentage of those are actually injuries inflicted unwittingly during delivery due to medical caregiver incompetence or negligence. If your child has been injured due to a doctor's negligent behavior, you have a legal right to seek damages for not only your infant's medical bills, but also for the emotional pain and suffering caused by such an action. It is in your best interests to contact a personal injury attorney.
Common causes of birth defects or birth injuries can include the following:
- Lack of oxygen to the infant during delivery;
- Incorrect or forceful use of forceps or other extraction tools during delivery;
- Failure to warn the pregnant mother of prescription drug effects on a developing baby; or
- General negligence (for example, failure to address an infant in the birth canal too long, failure to recognize an infant having a seizure, failure to monitor the mother's blood pressure during labor, etc).
COMMON BIRTH INJURIES/DEFECTS THAT COULD HAVE BEEN THE EFFECT OF SOME OF THE ABOVE CAN INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Shoulder dystocia/Erb's Palsy
- Brachial Plexus paralysis
- Some heart defects
- Neural tube defects
- Malformation or malfunction of a limb or limbs
- Some types of brain damage
If you feel that your child was injured during labor or while in the womb because of negligent behavior on the part of any medical professional, you need to contact us. If your newborn infant's life was forever changed due to improper or incorrect information, or incorrect or negligent care, the medical ramifications can be extreme. Paralysis caused at or slightly after birth can be permanent and can result in years of physical therapy, medical treatments, medical equipment, surgery and lowered quality of life.
If a birth injury attorney can prove that your infant's medical problems were directly caused by avoidable error on the part of the doctor, nurse, etc., then those responsible parties must be held liable for the costs of the medical treatment, future medical treatments, emotional trauma and suffering and more. We can help you to recover the compensation that you and your child legally deserve.
When to consider a free consultation about your personal injury:
One way to look at this question may be to ask yourself if you would consider making an appointment with your medical provider when experiencing troublesome symptoms. Certainly, you want to know as soon as possible the best course of treatment for your condition to insure a quick and complete recovery.
Qualified and experienced litigation attorneys at Amyx Merrill, LLP can help you protect your legal rights. During a free consultation they can explain the process involved when seeking a recovery from those who may be responsible for your injuries. As your questions are answered you can make an informed decision as to whether or not hiring a personal injury lawyer is best for your situation.
If you are involved in an injury accident and you consider seeking legal representation there are a number of reasons for you to set up a consultation immediately. You will want to learn about the various time limits for filing claims. Claims not filed timely may cause you to lose your right to recovery. Additionally, an early start to the investigation will increase the likelihood that vital evidence will not be lost thus negatively affecting the outcome of your case. Often insurance companies do not have your best interests in mind when trying to settle your claim and many times by the time you realize this it may be too late. An early consultation can help you be prepared to take on the insurance companies and their lawyers. Our skilled staff is ready to assist you and discuss with you the best path for a successful outcome for your case.