Seeking Compensation when an Injury Occurs During Labor and Delivery
By Younker Hyde Macfarlane on April 02, 2015
As a society, we rely on doctors to help us in times of need. Unfortunately, doctors sometimes make mistakes, and for some, those mistakes can lead to a lifetime of physical, financial, and emotional consequences. In order to ensure that doctors are held responsible for such errors, patients have a right to file medical malpractice lawsuits. In the case of birth injuries, which are commonly caused by medical malpractice during labor and delivery, the victim’s parents can file suit to ensure that the child and family is fairly compensated for the damages suffered by the baby, who is the most innocent of victims. Attorney Norman J. Younker and his legal team are ready to aggressively fight on behalf of their Utah clients who have experienced medical malpractice during labor and delivery.
Types of Birth Injuries
When a woman is going through labor and delivery, it is extremely important that the vital signs of both mother and child be closely monitored. In many cases, signs of fetal distress point to the potential for birth injury. If these signs are ignored or fail to be recognized, proper help cannot be provided. In other cases, complications during delivery may lead to doctors making poor decisions that place too much stress or force on the baby, therefore resulting in an injury. Below are some of the injuries that may be suffered by a baby during the labor and delivery experience:
- Cerebral palsy: Cerebral palsy is a condition that can lead to a number of system disorder and disabilities that can interfere with motor skills, speech, hearing, and eyesight.
- Erb’s palsy: Erb’s palsy is an injury of the upper arm in which nerve damage can lead to limited movement or paralysis.
- Infant brain damage: A traumatic brain injury during labor and delivery can lead to infant brain damage, which can result in a lifetime of emotional and/or physical disabilities and health problems.
Filing a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit
If your child has suffered any of the above birth injuries, it is likely to result in significant damages. These injuries are emotionally draining for the family and have the potential to result in a lifetime of physical and financial hardships for the child and family. Birth injuries often result in significant medical expenses, at-home care expenses, and future education and living expenses. Our attorneys can examine a case to determine if a birth injury is the result of medical malpractice, in which case a lawsuit can be filed in order to seek financial compensation for damages suffered.
If your child suffered an injury during labor and delivery and you believe it was a result of medical error or negligence, contact us at your earliest convenience to learn more about your legal options. We are happy to examine your case and let you know if you have a valid case for seeking financial compensation for damages. We look forward to hearing from you.
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