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Having a child should be a joyous time, but it can often turn tragic when the baby suffers an injury at birth. Doctors have a duty to perform at a standard level of care established by each state’s laws. When they fail to do so, they can be held liable for any injuries that occur as a result of their negligence.
If you or your child has suffered a birth injury, it is recommended you speak with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible to discuss your legal options. Proving liability in a birth injury case can be challenging and complicated, which is why you should rely on the team of experienced, knowledgeable attorneys at Shegerian & Associates.
Birth injuries can be traumatic for both the baby and his or her parents. But unfortunately, there are many different kinds of birth injuries that may occur. The most common birth injury is a lack of oxygen during delivery. Healthcare providers are trained to recognize signs of oxygen deprivation, which is why they should constantly be monitoring the baby’s vital signs during labor. But if they fail to act quickly when they see signs of trouble during childbirth, the baby could suffer from cerebral palsy or other serious injuries.
Brachial plexus palsy is another common birth injury. This can occur when the baby’s neck stretches too far during childbirth and sends pain down the spinal cord to the arms, hands, fingers, and shoulders. Brachial plexus palsy is more common in bigger babies, but it can also occur when a doctor puts too much physical pressure on the baby during childbirth. Some children can recover from brachial plexus palsy within a few months, but others may be permanently paralyzed as a result of this birth injury.
Birth injuries can lead to a great deal of medical expenses and emotional anguish. To recover compensation for a birth injury, you must prove liability. To do so, you must be able to show the behavior of the doctor and/or other medical professionals fell below the standard of care they are expected to provide patients. If this can be proven, the plaintiff may be entitled to recover damages from the doctor, and any other medical professional who may have caused the birth injury.
Reviewing complex medical records to determine what injuries occurred, why they happened, and who was liable can be challenging, which is why you should think carefully about the attorney you hire to represent you. You will need an attorney who has the experience and knowledge to recover the compensation you deserve from the liable parties.
The team of personal injury attorneys at Shegerian Conniff has the skills to present a strong case on your behalf. If you or a loved one has suffered a birth injury, contact our compassionate and trusted lawyers today to schedule a free legal consultation.