Birth injuries and birth defects that result from faulty or negligent medical care can have devastating results. These injuries and defects can have lifelong consequences for your child, and this could mean that you have a lot of medical bills and other expenses on your plate as well.
Do you believe your child is the victim of negligence or medical malpractice? Keep reading to learn more.
What Causes Birth Injuries & Birth Defects?
Several types of issues may cause birth injuries and defects.
Oxygen deprivation, also known as anoxia, is a very common cause of injuries and defects in newborns. This could result from a medical professional failing to perform the necessary screening and testing procedures. Poor advice about prenatal care can also become a significant problem.
In some cases, a medical professionals fails to diagnose an abnormality in a growing fetus. Medical negligence may also lead to the failure to treat a condition that sets in very soon after your child is born.
Sometimes a medical procedure may exacerbate the problem. A C-section or even vaginal delivery gone wrong can lead to problems. A medication or drug prescribed by a doctor also plays a role.
What Birth Defects & Injuries May Result?
Several specific defects and injuries may result from medical negligence and malpractice. This could mean your child suffers from brain damage, Down's syndrome, spina bifida, Erbs palsy, cerebral palsy, permanent motor function damage, and even death.
When Is a Professional Negligent?
You trust your child's health to be properly cared for by a medical doctor or professional who understands the standard of care they are meant to provide. While most professionals are great at their job, you may notice that something is not quite right.
Specific instances could point toward negligence and malpractice. For example, a doctor could miss a serious diagnosis or provide a delayed diagnosis for an issue that required treatment earlier. The doctor may have failed to treat a condition they spotted or perhaps misdiagnosed it. Other conditions include improper examination, screening, or treatment.
Why Do You Need a Birth Defect Attorney?
If you have a child who experiences a birth defect or injury, it is important that you speak with an attorney. Birth defect attorneys are familiar with the types of birth injuries a child may face and what causes them. These attorneys also know how to bring this evidence to court to fight for your rights and for your child.