You trust your obstetrician to provide you the advice and treatment required
for the safe and healthy delivery of your baby. A birth injury can traumatize
your baby and cause you and your family serious distress, emotional pain,
and financial hardships.
Your child may be able to recover from some injuries quickly or period
of time. Some, however, last for years or are even lifelong. Many birth
injuries often owes to the inattention, negligence, or recklessness of
your doctor or their staff. Depending on the severity of an injury, you
and your child may be entitled to receive more of less compensation.
Can Your Child Recover?
These are some of the birth injuries that your baby can recover from:
1. Bruised and Broken Bones
These kinds of injuries often result from the physical stress of the passage
through the birth canal. The too forceful use of forceps can cause lacerations
or bruising on a baby’s scalp. But these will heal with time and
2. Subconjunctival Hemorrhage
This is bleeding that occurs when small blood vessels break in the baby’s
eyes. It tends to clear up in a few days as their body reabsorbs the blood.
3. Bell’s Palsy
This is the result of facial nerve damage at birth. It can be caused by
the too forceful use of forceps. It can heal without treatment if the
baby’s nerves are only bruised. However, if there has been a tear,
surgery will be required.
How a Medical Malpractice Attorney Can Help
If your baby has been injured as a result of medical malpractice, the hospital
and your obstetrician’s insurer will immediately launch an investigation
to determine the facts. They will want to interview you as part of this inquiry.
However, you should not submit to such an interview without a
personal injury attorney. A personal injury attorney can help guide you through the questions.
They will ensure that you do not say anything that will hurt your case
against the doctor whose negligent actions caused the injury.
To prevent a lawsuit, the insurer may offer you money. Medical malpractice
lawyers have the expertise and experience to know a good offer from a
bad one. They may advise you to take the money if the birth injury can
be recovered from and it covers the resulting medical expenses, the loss
of income you and your partner have incurred, and the pain and suffering
that your baby has suffered. However, many times, this offer is much less
than you are entitled to. Our attorneys can look at the evidence of your
case to determine the just amount of compensation you should receive and
work to help you receive that.
For help pursuing compensation for damages related to a birth injury, contact
The Haynes Firm at (423)451-4999.