Expectant parents spend months anticipating the arrival of their new baby. They prepare the baby’s nursery, pick out a name and daydream about their child’s future.
However, the dream-come-true of welcoming a child into the world can quickly turn into a real-life nightmare because of medical negligence.
When the medical team attending to a labor and delivery fails to properly monitor the mother and provide appropriate care, it can lead to tragic results. All it takes is one wrong move by doctors or nurses for irreversible damage to harm the mother, child or both.
Oftentimes, medical negligence during labor and delivery results in birth injuries to the child such as cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy, shoulder dystocia, cephalohematoma or infections. Any of these injuries can result in life-altering disabilities for the child.
In some cases involving birth injuries, the parents are well-aware that someone went wrong during the labor or delivery, and they are told right away that their child has been injured. However, in other cases, it’s not until weeks or months down the road that the parents begin to suspect that something went wrong.
In either case, parents are entitled to answers, and they may also be entitled to compensation. An experienced attorney can help them fight for both.
Parents of children with birth injuries do not pursue medical malpractice claims out of spite, they pursue them on their child’s behalf. Many times, birth injuries lead to a lifetime of expensive treatments and special services for the child, and parents must make sure that their children’s unique needs will be met.
If you know or suspect that your child was injured because of the medical care that was administered during pregnancy, labor or delivery, it would be in your child’s best interest to talk to an attorney right away.