How to Protect Your Rights After a Birth-Related Injury
Any injury that takes place during the prenatal care and/or delivery of a baby can be serious and has the potential to cause life-long harm to the infant. All injuries, despite the size or gravity of the injury, can lead to severe conditions, and even permanent disability (or death).
Although birth injuries can be the result of many factors, some of them can be the direct result of medical malpractice or negligence. Medical malpractice leading up to or in the delivery room can happen as a result of careless actions, or lack of action, by the doctor delivering the infant or by other assisting medical staff. When carelessness has led to a medical error, the child and/or mother can suffer the consequences that can be devastating and affect them for the rest of their lives.
Identifying the Elements of a Birth Injury
When a birth injury has occurred, the injury may have resulted as a consequence of natural causes. It is difficult, but vitally important, to obtain and review all medical records and determine if the cause was medical negligence. This could be particularly true if the injury was suffered by the newborn; and not all cases are the same.
Many medical malpractice injuries can have similar symptoms as those of birth defects. Medical malpractice injuries, however, can be very different. When a child is born with a certain disorder or disability, whether the child was genetically predisposed to the condition or that it was identified prior to the birth is essential to determine. Medical malpractice injuries cause and contribute to disabilities and disorders in otherwise healthy newborn babies.
If you or your loved one suffered injuries due to the carelessness of prenatal care or a delivering doctor or the assisting medical staff, seek the legal support of a proficient medical malpractice attorney who will protect your rights as a victim. A professional attorney will help file a claim against the negligent medical provider.
The Cost of Negligence
Injuries caused by medical negligence can be very costly. A child who suffers brain damage or other organ injuries may suffer lifelong disabilities, requiring the need of specialized medical care and equipment, many times throughout their entire lives. Similarly, a mother who has suffered injuries could be affected for the rest of her life.
There are a multitude of injuries that are preventable if not for the carelessness of a medical professional. If you or someone you know has been injured in the prenatal care or delivery process of an infant, seek the expert knowledge of a personal injury attorney who has experience in dealing with medical malpractice claims. A medical malpractice attorney will champion on your behalf and ensure that your legal rights are upheld.
The attorneys at Heiting & Irwin are specialized in the field of medical malpractice claims involving birth injuries, including wrongful death. They are dedicated in obtaining justice for the victims of medical negligence. Medical malpractice lawsuits in the State of California are time restricted and it is imperative to act quickly. If you are an injured victim, seek legal support today.