Has your child suffered from a birth injury?
Did you know that one in every 9,714 people in the U.S. is born with a birth injury? That equates to six-to-eight injuries per 1,000 infants born needed to correct the subsequent medical issues that arise. The birth of a child should be one of the happiest moments in a parent’s life; however, complications can turn that special moment into a lifelong struggle for many parents and the affected child. Every state has its own laws covering birth injury malpractice and working with an experienced birth injury lawyer can help reveal the cause of the birth injury and hold the accountable parties responsible for their negligence or inability to uphold the standard-of-care required throughout the birthing process.
A birth injury is defined as any damage or injury to an infant’s body occurring immediately before, during, or shortly after birth—varying in severity from minor to fatal. Unfortunately, most birth injuries are avoidable and happen as a result of medical negligence. While no amount of compensation can help alleviate the emotional distress a birth injury can cause, it may help with the future medical and health treatments that are required. Birth injury lawyers will often work directly with affected families to examine the existing circumstances and procedures of birth to establish the possibility or responsibility for any birth injuries that may have been preventable.
If your child has suffered a birth injury due to medical malpractice, you need an experienced attorney at your side. The attorneys at Graves McLain will carefully and thoroughly prepare your case, working diligently with medical experts to help you receive the maximum compensation for your child’s injuries. Our attorneys have been successfully providing legal counseling and guidance for parents during this tumultuous and emotional period in their life to ensure that they receive a fair outcome and compensation for the pain and suffering they have been unjustly forced to endure. No matter what your unique situation may be, our team is here to help.
Common Causes of Birth Injury:
If labor exceeds 18 hours or is particularly difficult, compression on the brain can result in severe fetal distress.
A damaged umbilical cord, low birth weight, or underdeveloped lungs can limit oxygen to a child’s brain.
Medical misconduct—including miscomprehension or misdiagnosis during labor—can cause injury.