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Can I Sue for My Child’s Birth Injury?

By: Anapol Weiss

Mothers do their best during pregnancy to give their unborn babies the best start possible. They have less control over what happens once labor begins, and they put their baby’s well-being in the hands of physicians, nurses and medical staff.

In most cases, babies are not hurt during birth. On some occasions, however, a medical mistake leads to the death or injury of a newborn. What happens next? Can a family file a lawsuit for their child’s birth injury, and what does that accomplish?

It might be difficult to see beyond the immediate needs of an injured newborn, but there are many factors for parents to consider. Their child will likely need long-term care such as follow-up doctor visits, equipment, therapy and treatment. Filing a medical malpractice lawsuit can help a family obtain compensation for these future needs. A lawsuit also holds hospital staff members accountable for letting a baby get hurt, and it can stop a similar situation from happening to another family.

The first step is to contact an experienced birth injury lawyer to discuss what happened in the delivery room. The lawyer can investigate all the details of the situation and uncover important answers about what really happened. Victims who have grounds for a birth injury lawsuit can then move forward with seeking compensation for future needs in the years ahead.