The happiest and most joyful event of one's life, the birth of a child, can quickly turn into one of the most devastating events when complications occur during birth causing injuries or even death.
Birth injuries can mean lifelong medical challenges, and when those injuries are the result of medical malpractice due to negligence, parents have a right to compensation for a wide variety of damages to support the ongoing care and recovery of their child. Additionally, punitive damages are awarded in many birth injury malpractice cases.
When complications occur during birth, often it is due to a lack of oxygen. Of course, a newborn can suffer oxygen deprivation during birth from natural causes (i.e. an umbilical chord wrapped around a fetus' neck). But when medical professionals fail to immediately recognize such complications or to take swift action when oxygen deprivation or any other distress is observed, medical malpractice can indeed come into play.
Among the many health issues that complications during birth can cause are brain injuries like Cerebral Palsy and Brachial Plexus, spelling the need for lifelong medical and/or assisted care.
Other difficult injuries can include temporary paralysis and fractured or broken bones. These kinds of complications can result from a variety of hospital errors from excessive force during birth to delay in performance of a cesarean section to simply poor neonatal care immediately following birth.
The gamut of medical negligence that can occur during birth is dwarfed only by the level of injuries medical negligence can cause. And when parents learn that complications during birth have caused injuries to their newborns, it is vitally important that, as soon as is feasible, they consult experienced lawyers like the medical malpractice attorneys at Panio Law Offices.
Along with practiced medical professionals with whom we consult, we are able to evaluate circumstances surrounding your child's birth, provide an accurate assessment of your case, and file an appropriate medical malpractice claim, if necessary. Our lawyers are compassionate and understand the need to manage the myriad of medical treatment and care associated with the kind of medical challenges birth injuries can cause.
If you believe that your child may have suffered such injuries during birth as a result of medical malpractice, call the experienced attorneys at Panio Law Offices (708) 928-8680. We can help.