Has your Child or Family Suffered Due to a Birth Defect?
The birth of a child is a moment to remember. When a family brings a new child or children into this world, we all expect and want them to be healthy and happy. Unfortunately, sometimes this is not the case as some children can suffer from birth defects and injuries. While not all of the causes are known, some birth defects and injuries can be caused by medical negligence. Malpractice by doctors, nurses, or staff in the delivery room can change what should be a momentous occasion into a lasting tragedy. A birth injury can cause permanent conditions for the child resulting in health problems as well as the lasting effects of emotional distress and financial burdens for a family. If this is the case, you may be entitled to compensation for your child's and your family's pain and suffering.
What Are Some Common Birth Defects or Injuries?
Some common birth defects or injuries may include but are not limited to:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Erb's Palsy
- Temporary bruising or swelling
- Paralysis of the face
- Brain damage
What Causes Birth Defects or Injuries?
Many birth defects have unknown causes, but some birth defects can be a result of medical negligence or exposure to certain medications or toxins during prenatal care. Also, depriving oxygen to the brain immediately before or during delivery (prenatal asphyxia) can result in permanent brain damage to a child. This often results in the need for lifelong medical care and assistance. In addition, some children are permanently injured during the birthing process. These injuries can be devastating for the child and often the entire family.
What Can I Do If My Child and Family Have Suffered Due to a Birth Defect or Injury?
The first thing you need to do if your child has suffered a birth injury or defect is gather all the information about the birth injury or defect. It is important to include all treatment that the child has had because of the possible birth defect or injury. It is also important to gather information about doctors' visits, exams, tests, and procedures done before, during, and after the birth of the child or children. This way the experienced and caring attorneys here at The Higgins Firm can investigate your case thoroughly and see if you and your family could be compensated for your pain and suffering.
Someone you love may have experienced lifelong conditions after having malpractice or negligence in the birth of a child. If so, you may have a claim needing the help of one of our experienced Tennessee birth injury attorneys at The Higgins Firm. We encourage you to contact our office as soon as possible. We put each of our clients first in everything that we do. We want to make sure that you receive the compensation that you deserve for the injuries that your child has suffered. If you have questions or concerns about a child's disabilities which may have resulted from negligent care or medications, feel free to contact us online or call us at 800-705-2121 to set up a FREE consultation to discuss your legal options.