The birth of a child is a joyful, happy time for most Pennsylvania families, and discovering that your child suffered an injury during the birth process is devastating. Learning that your child suffered harm during birth can mar the excitement you and your family are feeling, instead leaving you with questions and concerns about your child. A birth injury can have significant consequences for you and your baby.
Birth injuries can range in type and severity, and you may have to deal with everything from surgery to at-home care to therapy. If the injuries that will affect your child's quality of life are result of the negligent or reckless actions of the doctor, a nurse or another care provider, you can take action on behalf of your child. You may take legal action to secure appropriate compensation for his or her needs and your financial losses.
Your concerns about your child
The aftermath of a birth injury can be overwhelming. What will your child need to get better? Are your child's injuries permanent? What type of care will he or she need long term? These are all normal questions, and grieving families may find significant benefit in working with an experienced attorney who can help them get the answers and information they need. Some questions you may have include:
- What causes a birth injury? Sadly, birth injuries are often result of the reckless of negligent actions of a doctor or nurse, such as lack of monitoring, lack of interventions or inappropriate use of interventions.
- Do I have a case? Not every birth injury gives rise to the need for a civil claim. A complete assessment of your case can determine the best course of action for you.
- What can I get through a civil claim? You may be able to secure compensation that can go into a fund or trust for future care your child needs. You may also be able to secure compensation for your immediate losses, care expenses, medical bills and more.
Birth injury case are complicated. There are many complex legal factors at play in these types of medical malpractice cases, and it is often not immediately clear what went wrong or who may be to blame.
If you believe you may have a case, a smart place to start is a complete evaluation of your case. You can reach out for help as soon as you learn of a problem or believe that your child is suffering from preventable factors or inadequate care.