Birth injury claims are legal cases brought by the loved ones of an infant who suffered an injury or medical condition related to the infant's delivery. Legal claims for birth injuries are often based on conditions such as cerebral palsy, Erb's palsy, brachial plexus palsy, temporary paralysis, and brain damage.
In many birth injury claims, it is not immediately clear whether an infant's condition or injury was unpreventable. Sometimes, babies are born with problems that have no clear cause. In other cases, an infant's injury or condition may have its roots in mistakes or negligent conduct by the medical staff who attended the infant's birth. Often, it takes an in-depth investigation by the family's legal representatives to determine whether there is a viable legal claim for birth injuries.
Serious Birth Injury Claims
It is of course extremely stressful to witness the suffering of an infant when he or she has experienced a birth injury. Each baby is unique and precious, and serious birth injury claims are initiated as necessary when the injury appears to have been due to preventable medical negligence.
Many obstetricians and other medical staff have been found liable for negligent medical care that took place before, during or after a baby's delivery. In addition, some serious birth injury claims have been based on preventable matters such as hospital-borne infections.
Types of Birth Injuries
There are many types of birth injuries. Unfortunately, thousands of babies suffer a birth injury in a typical year, in the U.S. alone. The most frequent birth injury claims involve the following:
- temporary paralysis and facial paralysis
- brain damage not classified as palsy injuries
- Group B strep
- fractured bones
- Erb's palsy
- cerebral palsy
- brachial plexus palsy
Do You Have a Birth Injury Claim?
If you feel that your child suffered an injury due to medical negligence, don't hesitate to contact a law firm that is experienced with birth injury claims. You can discuss the details of your case for free, and you can learn how to protect the legal rights that you and your baby are entitled to. To schedule a free and private consultation with an experienced birth injury lawyer, please contact us today.