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What to Do After a Birth Injury

The birth of your child is one of the happiest times in your life. Bringing home a healthy baby is the hope of every family. Yet sometimes something goes wrong and the infant suffers an injury. Even with today’s modern technology, birth injuries still occur. When an infant suffers a birth injury it may be the result of a mistake made by the doctor or medical staff. Birth injuries are not only emotionally difficult; they can also be financially overwhelming.

Birth Injuries

There are a number of different birth injuries that may occur. Some of them are relatively minor and the child will have a full recovery while others may be permanently disabling. Some of the most common types of birth injuries include broken bones, bruises, brachial plexus injuries, perinatal asphyxia, facial paralysis, spinal cord injuries, and cerebral palsy. Many of these injuries are preventable and when they occur they are likely due to negligence – also known as medical malpractice.

Common risk factors and conditions that occur at birth that may make birth injury more likely are:

· Large Baby
· Low Apgar Score
· Vacuum Assisted Birth
· Use of Forceps
· Preterm Baby
· Fetal Distress
· Breech Birth

When a baby suffers an injury at birth, parents are focused on the health of the child and on the medical treatment and recovery of the baby. Parents may not be aware of how the birth injury occurred in the first place. If your child was injured it is important to keep medical records of every detail of medical care and treatment. You may want to seek help from an experienced birth injury attorney as soon as possible. Your lawyer understands how to research and review medical records to determine exactly what happened and why. If the birth injury was caused by the negligence of the doctor you may be entitled to financial compensation.

Questions to Ask

Parents of a child who suffered a birth injury will have many questions. Keep a notebook to record the information that you receive so it can be more easily communicated later. Some of the many important questions to ask include:

· What Injury Occurred?
· Was the Injury Preventable?
· What Tests are Needed?
· Does My Child Require Surgery?
· What is the Treatment for the Injury?
· What is the Prognosis for Recovery?
· What Medical Treatment Will Be Needed?
· How Long with Recovery Take?
· What Should We Expect as Parents?
· What Should We Look For As Our Child Grows?

As with any medical condition, it may be wise to get another medical opinion regarding the birth injury. This is especially important if the injury may have been caused by the doctor who is currently treating the baby. Some injuries are apparent immediately while others may not surface for weeks, months, or even years.

Get Legal Help

When a birth injury happens to your child legal assistance may not be the first thing on your mind. Yet, a preventable birth injury will take its toll on the entire family and will especially impact finances. Medical treatment will be expensive – in some cases treatment and care will be required for the child’s entire life. There may be some limitations on filing a claim so it is necessary to speak with an attorney as soon as possible. Your lawyer will gather the information required to proceed and will advise you as to your options every step of the way. You deserve compensation to cover the needs of your child. If your baby suffered an injury at birth contact Levin & Perconti to discuss your case today.

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