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You’ve looked forward to the birth of your child. The day of the baby’s arrival should have been an event to celebrate. Unfortunately, something went wrong before or after the birth and your baby was injured.
If your baby was injured due to the incompetence, negligence, or carelessness of a medical professional, he or she should be held accountable. Now is the time to hire an experienced birth injury attorney to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against the medical personnel responsible for the injuries sustained by your newborn. To do so, you will need the help of a birth injury lawyer. The latter can help you and your family recover the financial compensation you deserve.
Taking legal action against the medical professionals you suspect are responsible for your baby's injury is your right. Given the tremendous costs the injuries caused by the medical professional's carelessness can lead to, you will need the money. It's also right for you to take action on principle: someone should be held accountable for causing your baby so much pain and health problems that may last a lifetime.
To have a valid claim, you must prove negligence on the part of the physicians, nurses, and other personnel involved with the birth. Here are some of the common causes of birth injuries:
The carelessness and negligence of medical personnel can impact the health and well-being of your child in the short-term, and in the most extreme cases, for life. Here are some of the most common injuries sustained during birth:
The improper use of forceps can cause injury to the skin. Swelling and bruising are normal if a breech delivery is required. However, the medical professionals involved in the delivery should be qualified to carry out these procedures without doing harm to the baby. Persons without such training can leave permanent marks and injuries on your baby, some of which may cause severe pain.
In the beginning, you may only suspect that something isn't right. A baby can't articulate the place or intensity of their pain. If your baby shows constant irritation, then you should ask for a thorough diagnosis. If the results show that your baby has a severe health condition, then you should have it investigated independently. Do not count on the admission of fault by anyone from the team that delivered your baby. However, before you are discharged, you should make sure you have copies of all the medical documents related to the birth and the subsequent examinations of your baby.
To find out what happened, you will need to hire a birth injury lawyer. Such lawyers have experience handling cases like yours. They understand the challenges involved in getting to the truth of what happened to your baby. The lawyer you hire will review the documents you obtained. They will also ask you to recall the events surrounding the birth of your child and the subsequent conversations you had with your medical team.
Your lawyer will then launch their investigation into the medical team. They will employ skilled in-house professionals to do this. The professional history of each person on the team will be reviewed and scrutinized. The procedures and policies of the hospital in which you delivered will also be analyzed and assessed. Your attorney will also interview each member of the team. All the documents related to your pregnancy and the birth of your child will be subpoenaed by your lawyer and reviewed by medical experts.
If your physician or a member of their team made an error or acted negligently or carelessly, your lawyer will find out about it. You will then have the grounds for taking legal action against them. If the medical team that delivered your baby was clearly in the wrong, if their malpractice led to the injury of your newborn, your attorney will gather the evidence necessary to compel them to settle. If they are unwilling to settle the case, they will go to court.