The birth of a baby is supposed to be one of the happiest days of your life, but a careless doctor, nurse, or hospital can turn joy into tragedy. An injury at birth can have lifelong consequences, from developmental problems to severe brain damage.
If your child has suffered a birth injury, the attorneys of Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP can help you recover the damages you and your child deserve. Please contact our Connecticut birth injury lawyers today at (877) 801-6202 to arrange your free spinal cord injury consultation.
What is a birth injury?
A birth injury is a form of personal injury that a newborn sustains during delivery. While doctors and nurses are highly trained professionals, they’re not perfect. Any mistakes made during delivery can have disastrous consequences for your baby. Mistakes that can cause birth injury include the following:
- Failure to order and accurately interpret critical diagnostic tests during pregnancy and labor
- Delaying a Caesarian section
- Using excessive force, including the use of forceps
- Head trauma during labor and delivery
- Oxygen deprivation at any point in the delivery process
Medical professionals are bound by their Hippocratic oath to act in the child’s best interests, but failure to exercise good judgment or a breach of standard protocols can cause serious problems.
What are the medical conditions associated with birth injury?
Birth injuries can cause a number of conditions, many of them lifelong. A doctor’s, nurse’s, or hospital’s negligence can lead to any of the following types of birth injury:
- Brain damage
- Issues with mental and emotional development
- Cerebral palsy
- Erb’s palsy
Cerebral palsy is a condition that impairs one’s ability to control the muscles, which can affect mobility and everyday tasks. It can also lead to seizures and reduced mental abilities. Erb’s palsy interferes with motor control of the arms and may prevent the arms from reaching their full length as the patient grows.
What damages might I recover in a successful birth injury case?
Parents of children who have sustained a birth injury are entitled to compensation if the injury is found to be due to medical malpractice. Some of the types of compensation commonly awarded in such cases include the following:
- Reimbursement of past, current, and future medical bills
- Loss of educational and income opportunities
- Emotional damages, including embarrassment, depression, and mental illnesses
- Physical disabilities
While such awards could never fully compensate you and your child, it can help you along your road to recovery.
What should I do if I suspect a birth injury due to medical malpractice?
Doctors, nurses, and hospitals have an obligation to act in the patient’s best interests. If your child sustained an injury at birth, you owe it to your family to seek compensation for the pain, suffering, and medical bills that you face. Please contact Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP, today at (877) 801-6202 to arrange a free consultation with a Connecticut birth injury lawyer.