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Do you suspect your child suffered a birth injury?

If your child shows signs of a possible birth injury, you will likely have many concerns about his or her future and questions about your legal rights. Although birth injuries are almost entirely preventable, many parents in Pennsylvania have sued doctors and other health care providers for negligence at the time of their children's birth. If you can establish medical negligence, you might be able to recover past and future losses, which might be crucial if the birth injury caused permanent damage. Improper care during birth is inexcusable, and neither your child nor you should have to cope with the life-long consequences of a medical professional or hospital's negligence that caused a birth injury. Too many children suffer preventable injuries during the first moments of coming into the world.

Common types of birth injuries

Trauma during childbirth causes birth injuries, and in some cases, damage occurs during pregnancy. Babies can recover from mild injuries within days or hours. However, severe injuries can have life-long consequences. Even if you had a low-risk pregnancy, medical negligence could result in one of the following birth injuries:

  • Broken bones
  • Spinal injuries
  • Erb's palsy
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Klumpke's palsy
  • Shoulder dystocia
  • Infant brain damage

A leading cause

Brain injuries during birth can affect your child's movement, posture and balance. The damage typically results from oxygen deprivation and causes injuries like cerebral palsy. This condition affects muscle control, and the severity can range from mild to severe. In severe cases, a victim could be wheelchair-bound for life.

Not all birth injuries are immediately evident at the time of childbirth. Your child might have seemed healthy at first, but then missed milestones in his or her development. Whenever a child's development appears to lag during infancy or when he or she is a toddler, the cause could be a birth injury.

What are your options?

Regardless of your diligent prenatal care or even your income level, the risk for birth injuries will be real. If your child is a victim of negligent medical care, you have a right to pursue financial relief by taking legal action through the Pennsylvania civil justice system. Navigating a birth injury lawsuit can be exceptionally challenging because it is such a complicated field of the law.

However, you may find comfort in knowing that resources are available to help. With the support and guidance of experienced legal counsel, you might obtain a monetary judgment that will secure finances to help you care for your child for the rest of his or her life.

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