While modern medical advancements have dramatically improved outcomes for mothers and children, childbirth is still a high-risk procedure. Even if the pregnancy has progressed without any indications of trouble, sudden complications and mistakes by medical staff can leave children with permanent injuries, some of which may require lifelong care. In some cases, parents may be able to file a personal injury claim against the doctor, the hospital, and other parties for injuries caused by negligence or substandard care.
Common Birth Injuries
While some birth injuries are the result of unfortunate circumstances, many are caused by improperly used instruments, such as vacuums or forceps, or incorrectly applied techniques. In other cases, doctors may provide inadequate prenatal care, fail to notice obvious signs of complications during pregnancy, or prescribe drugs known to cause birth defects or other problems.
Medical Negligence & Negative Outcomes
Not every birth injury is evidence of medical negligence, and not every honest mistake provides grounds for a malpractice claim. To collect damages, you must be able to prove that the treatment you received failed to meet a minimum standard of care and that other, similarly trained medical professionals would not have made the same mistake.
In some cases, a doctor or health care worker may claim that a baby would have suffered an injury regardless of the care they received and their mistake had no effect on the outcome. Your personal injury attorney must establish a positive link between your child’s medical condition and the treatment they received. To do so, they may need to consult with other medical professionals and assemble a detailed case firmly establishing your doctor’s liability for your medical expenses and other losses.
If you’ve suffered negligence at the hands of a health care professional, the dedicated personal injury attorneys at The Gil Law Firm are committed to helping you achieve justice. They’ve dedicated their careers to ensuring victims throughout Dale County, AL, get the aggressive representation they deserve, providing service that has made them one of the most highly rated law firms in the nation. Visit their website to learn more about their personal injury services, or call (334) 673-0100 to schedule a free consultation with an accomplished attorney.