There is no more joyous occasion than the birth of a child. Unfortunately for some happy parents, their joy is marred by physical injury or deformity directly related to the birthing process. More than four million children are born each year in the U.S. For some, serious developmental issues or even death may result.
A birth injury is defined as any damage or injury to the infant’s body occurring before, during, or slightly after the child’s birth. Birth injuries vary from minor, easily resolved issues to issues so severe the infant does not survive. Complications of pregnancy or labor such as prolonged labor, where the baby is unusually small or large or when the baby is in a difficult position during labor and delivery, can bring about difficulties for a newborn. If your child has suffered an injury at birth you may have the basis for a medical malpractice claim and should seek the assistance of an Atlanta birth injury lawyer.
These birth injuries may afflict the child with:
Many birth injuries are caused by a health care professional’s medical negligence such as when oxygen deprivation or head trauma occurs during the delicate birthing process. For example, Cerebral Palsy, caused by oxygen deprivation, affects more than 10,000 babies each year and should be addressed with the help of an Atlanta birth injury attorney.
Other traumatic birth injuries include:
When children suffer injuries due to medical negligence an Atlanta lawyer with experience in birth injury cases could assist a parent in filing a claim. The laws governing medical negligence state that you have a right to hold health care professionals liable for these and other circumstances:
You will carry the burden and expense of your child’s care for a lifetime. To find out more about your rights, and how you can obtain the compensation you deserve to help you care for your child, please contact the experienced and knowledgeable Atlanta birth injury lawyers at Hart & Hart.
In many cerebral palsy cases, this condition could have been prevented if proper steps had been taken during delivery. Cerebral Palsy is caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain during the birthing process. It can be identified by an abnormal fetal heart rate. If the doctor, nurse or midwife does not recognize this sign, your child can develop cerebral palsy.
Hart & Hart represents the families of children with cerebral palsy. We fight to recover full and fair compensation for those who have been hurt by a healthcare provider’s negligence. We have the experience necessary to negotiate your accident claim to the maximum result. If you think your child may be a victim of a birth injury, Hart & Hart is here to help.