BURN INJURY LAWYER DALLAS, TX
Most birth injuries are the result of negligence and are therefore preventable. At Abrams Trial Law, our Dallas, TX birth injury lawyers strive to determine if your child’s injury was, in fact, an act of negligence. If it was, we seek to identify the responsible party and the point of the pregnancy, labor, or delivery at which the mistake was made. The goal is to ensure the accountable party is held responsible for your child’s injuries and related damages so that you can be compensated appropriately for the harm caused.
The birth of a child is supposed to be one of the happiest occasions of a person’s life. Unfortunately, for some expectant parents, what should be a joyous occasion can quickly turn tragic in a matter of minutes.
Errors on the part of the OB/GYN, birthing staff, anesthesiologists, or other healthcare professionals can result in birth injuries that have the potential to impact the child’s future mental and physical capabilities, and work abilities. In some cases, the error may even result in death.
Common Birth Injuries
Children, especially infants, are extremely fragile and therefore susceptible to severe injury. When injury occurs during the pregnancy, labor, and delivery stages, infants tend to suffer significant damage. Some common consequences of injury at birth include the following:
- Infant brain damage
- Cerebral palsy
- Erb’s palsy
- Shoulder dystocia
- Temporary or permanent paralysis
- Klumpke’s palsy
- Brachia! plexus injury
- Wrongful death
Some of the above consequences are short-term and/or easily remedied, such as shoulder dystocia. Other consequences, however, such as infant brain damage, paralysis, cerebral palsy, and wrongful death can have costly, life-altering, and grave consequences.
Why Birth Injuries Occur
In rare instances, birth injuries are unavoidable. More often than not, however, healthcare professionals can prevent them with adequate education, proper training, and reasonable care. When these injuries do occur, they are often the result of mistakes, errors, negligent actions, or lack of action. Some common reasons for birth injuries include the following:
- Umbilical cord entrapment
- Unexpected bleeding
- Signs of fetal distress
- Improper medication
- Malfunctioning medical equipment
Doctors, midwives, nurses, and other healthcare staff may be responsible for medical negligence or malpractice in these cases.
What to Do If Your Child is Injured at Birth
If your child sustained an injury at birth due to a medical professional’s negligence, you may feel angry, betrayed, and overwhelmed. Many birth injuries result in lifelong suffering for the child, high medical expenses for the parents, and chronic stress and emotional duress. Though no amount of money can help you undo the damage done to your child, it can help you cover the cost of medical care, therapy, and other rehabilitative expenses.
Working with an experienced attorney can help improve your chances of a successful case as you seek compensation. A knowledgeable attorney can help you better understand your rights, collect evidence and testimony, and serve as your representative in court if the case goes to trial. For the help you need recovering the compensation you deserve, contact Abrams Trial Law today.
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