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A birth injury is a form of personal injury that a newborn sustains during delivery. While doctors and nurses are highly trained professionals, they are not perfect. Due to the delicate nature of their work however, doctors and other medical professionals are held to a high standard. The negligence of a medical professional or a hospital should be addressed and kept in check.
With the legal representation of Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP, you have an edge in pursuing just compensation. Our skilled Ridgefield birth injury lawyers compassionately listen to client needs and circumstances, investigate their cases, and tirelessly advocate for their rights. With 100 years of collective experience, we can capably handle a variety of injury cases.
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What could cause a birth injury?
Any mistakes made during delivery can have disastrous consequences for your baby. Lack of oxygen, rough handling and failure to diagnose certain conditions can result in life-altering injuries for your child.
- Mistakes that can cause birth injury include the following
- Failure to order and accurately interpret critical diagnostic tests during pregnancy and labor
- Delaying a Caesarean 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 many types of birth injury.
Common medical conditions associated with birth injury:
Issues with mental and emotional development
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. Compensation awarded depends on the specifics of the case.
Compensation may 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
While such awards could never fully compensate you and your child, it can help you along your road to recovery.
Enlist the Help of a Capable Birth Injury Lawyer in Ridgefield!
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. Don't hesitate to call our firm for a free case evaluation. Since 1988, we have helped countless clients throughout Connecticut.
Call (888) 244-5480 to speak with Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP.