Noble McIntyre on February 11, 2014
There should be no more joyous occasion than the birth of a child. However, there are some unfortunate circumstances where a doctor’s medical malpractice can cause either the mother or the infant (or both) to suffer injury either during the pregnancy or during the baby’s birth. “Birth injury” and “birth trauma” refer to injuries to a baby that are the result of complications during delivery. In the majority of circumstances, birth injuries are not caused by medical malpractice, but medical error definitely does happen, and it can increase birth injuries’ severity or permanence.
Often, doctors will claim that your or your baby’s injuries were caused simply by birth complications. However, if you suspect that there’s a possibility that your child was injured due to negligence or malpractice, you should contact a birth injury lawyer immediately. An experienced birth injury attorney will investigate every aspect to your pregnancy and your child’s birth process. As well, medical records will be scrutinized, including the mom’s medical history and any ultrasounds or other scans of the baby. Any deviation from the standard of care might be an indication that malpractice or negligence has taken place.
There are resources that can provide additional guidance, such as BirthInjury.org, The Merck Manual Home Health Handbook, The Federation for Children with Special Needs and CP Family Network. Severe birth injuries can result in lifelong effects that require ongoing medical treatment; if you suspect that the injuries were caused by a medical provider’s negligence, or by faulty equipment or processes during your prenatal care or birth, we can help make sure that at least your financial needs are met. Call the experienced Oklahoma birth injury and medical malpractice attorneys at McIntyre Law today at (877) 917-5250 for a free consultation. We can help.