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 proper treatment.
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.