Watching a newborn baby suffer from any form of personal injury or medical condition during birth can be a traumatizing experience for parents, even more so when the injury or illness is caused by a medical professional’s mistake or error. Although parents are conditioned to place a great deal of trust in doctors and medical professionals during the birthing process, it is an unfortunate reality that doctors and nurses may sometimes make mistakes that can leave newborns with permanent, life-altering injuries or other medical conditions.
If a newborn child is displaying symptoms that are consistent with a specific type of birth injury or illness, it may be in your best interests to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. You may be able to recover financial compensation to cover your child’s past and future medical expenses, lost earning potential, and other hardships resulting from the child’s injuries.
Newborn children are extremely vulnerable and prone to injury because their musculoskeletal system is undeveloped and fragile. Mistakes made by a medical professional either before, during, or after the birthing process can leave an infant child with long-term or even permanent injuries or illnesses.
The term “birth injury” can refer to either a temporary or permanent injury; while infants may recover from some types of birth injuries quicker than others, there are certain types of injuries that children often cannot recover from.
Below is a list of some of the more common birth injuries we see in newborns today, as well as their accompanying symptoms:
Doctors and other medical providers have a duty to provide expecting parents with safe and effective care that meets a fair and reasonable standard. Violation of this duty can result in liability on the part of the medical provider and their insurance company. Failure to diagnose and/or prevent certain complications and difficulties can result in newborns suffering from a devastating injury or illness.
In the event that a newborn is injured during the birthing process, it is important to consider a number of questions about what happened. Was there any delay in the decision to order a cesarean section (C-Section)? Did the medical provider(s) fail to respond to obvious signs of fetal distress or maternal bleeding? Did the doctor and/or nursing staff properly use and dispose of tools during the birth?
The Statute Of Limitations for birth injury lawsuits – and medical malpractice cases in general – is typically three years from the date of injury, though that can vary depending upon the nature of the injury. Ultimately, a birth injury case can take anywhere from several months to several years to be successfully resolved.
Birth injury cases can be very complicated in nature and may require a higher level of compelling evidence in order to succeed. Medical negligence cases rely on the testimony of a medical expert to prove negligence and compel a jury to rule in favor of the victim or plaintiff, and that testimony can be hard to come by if there is a lack of compelling evidence.
Gathering and interpreting crucial pieces of evidence during the early stages of a case can take a significant amount of time, as our attorneys typically consult with medical experts about how the evidence either does or does not support our client’s case. If we need to file a lawsuit in the case and if the case proceeds to trial, that will also greatly affect the length of time that it takes for any birth injury case to be resolved.
If you believe your child was injured because of a medical provider or practitioner’s negligent behavior, it may be in your best interest to consult with a qualified personal injury lawyer who has experience in medical negligence cases.
The award-winning legal team at Davis Law Group will review the details of your case free of charge, and we will schedule you for a free consultation if we believe we can help. Call (206) 900-8377 or use the contact form on this page to get started.
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