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How Do I Know if My Birth Injury Was Caused by Malpractice?

  • Having a child should be the happiest moment of your life. Whether this is your first or fifth child, you and your family may be looking forward to welcoming a new member of your family into the world. 

    At least, until something goes wrong during the delivery. 

    Now, your child has suffered a birth injury, and you suspect the doctor caused that injury. But what can you do about it? If you’re not sure if your child’s birth injury was caused by malpractice, reach out for help with your claim before you go to court. 

    Birth Injuries Caused by Negligence 

    Birth injuries can happen even if the doctor does everything right. Sometimes, other factors in the process can cause problems during the birth. But a birth injury is the doctor’s fault when the doctor is careless. 

    For example, let’s say the doctor ignores that you or your baby’s vitals are abnormal. Your child’s blood flow or oxygen may have been cut off temporarily, but the doctor isn’t paying attention. Because of their lack of concern, your child may have permanent health issues because of this. In these cases, you may be eligible for compensation for the birth injury. 

    Evidence of Medical Malpractice 

    Once you believe the doctor wasn’t doing their duty to protect you and your child, your West Palm Beach medical malpractice lawyer can step in. Your lawyer has the tools you need to gather evidence against the doctor and take the doctor or hospital group to court. 

    For example, your baby may have been deprived of oxygen during the birth. That can lead to serious health conditions such as cerebral palsy, but oxygen deprivation isn’t always the doctor’s fault. To prove your medical malpractice claim, you may need another doctor to act as an expert witness during your lawsuit. They have the medical experience to determine whether the doctor likely caused the injury. 

    Compensation for a Birth Injury 

    Going to court against a doctor can be a scary prospect. But the compensation you may be eligible for may make it worthwhile. For example, your medical costs should be covered by your compensation. That includes long-term care if you or your child suffered permanent disabilities. 

    You may also receive compensation for the pain, suffering, and trauma you’ve experienced. Although these losses are intangible, they can impact your life as much as—if not more than—the costs for medical care and lost earning potential could be. If you’re concerned about including all your losses, not just your hospital bills, reach out to an attorney for tools and guidance. 

    Connect with a Medical Malpractice Lawyer about the Birth Injury 

    Your child’s birth injury may be devastating, but you don’t have to take your doctor’s word that they did all they could. The doctor may not have given your child the care they need. If you’re worried your family has been a victim of medical malpractice, reach out for a free consultation. The lawyers at The Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo are ready when you call 561-659-6366 or visit us online to learn more.