All expecting parents have one thing in common: the most important thing to them is the health of their newborn. This desire is part of what makes birth injuries so devastating and emotional. If your child has recently suffered a birth injury and you are unsure of where to turn or what to do next, the experienced Charleston injury attorneys at Joye Law Firm will advocate for your family.
There are many ways in which a child can be injured during the birthing process. Some of the most common types of birth trauma include:
Not all birth injuries are completely preventable. For example, unforeseeable factors may lead to the umbilical cord becoming wrapped around a child’s neck, resulting in oxygen deprivation. Or, a baby may be of a very large birth weight, and its shoulders may become stuck behind the mother’s pelvis during vaginal delivery, increasing the chances of a brachial plexus injury.
That being said, most birth injuries are foreseeable and preventable. Even in the above examples, it is often the case that swift and efficient action on the part of the doctor can mitigate the chances of the baby sustaining any serious harm. On the contrary, the failure to act quickly and appropriately increases the chances of the child sustaining birth trauma.
Some factors that increase the risk of – or cause – birth injuries include:
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When a birth injury occurs that could have been prevented but for the negligence of a medical professional, the parents of the harmed child have the right to seek damages. In order to recover compensation, the parents will have to prove the liability of the at-fault party. Those parties who may be held liable in a birth injury suit include:
If you can prove liability, then you may be able to recover damages for medical expenses, pain and suffering, future healthcare expenses for your child, loss of earning capacity, loss of enjoyment of life, and more.
When something goes wrong during birth, it is not always obvious what happened or who – if anyone – is to blame. If you suspect that medical malpractice was the cause of your child’s birth injury, a seasoned Charleston birth injury attorney can assist you in validating that belief. An attorney will work with medical and birth injury experts who can testify as to whether or not the medical standard of care was breached, and can help you to build a claim against any responsible parties.
Filing a lawsuit against your doctor or hospital is not an easy thing to do. Not only is the process emotional, but it is also incredibly challenging from a legal standpoint – hospitals have highly paid lawyers ready to represent them. When you hire a Charleston birth injury attorney, you level the playing field.
The experienced Charleston birth injury lawyers at Joye Law Firm are devastated by the stories of birth injuries in our community. We believe that nothing is more precious than the life and wellbeing of an infant, and are disturbed when medical malpractice is the cause of a child’s harm.
If your baby has been hurt because a doctor failed to do their job correctly, let our team help you. We will advocate on your behalf to improve your chances of recovering your full compensation amount. While nothing can undo what your child and family has suffered, we can help you to hold a doctor liable for their errors. Contact us today for your free case review to get started.
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