As you prepare to bring a child into the world, it goes without saying that you never want to consider the fact that something could go wrong. Unfortunately, you know in the back of your mind that this could happen.
Here are some of the most common questions to address in regards to a birth injury:
- What is the difference between a birth injury and a birth defect? In short, an injury is caused by something that went wrong during labor or delivery. A defect is harm caused to an unborn child, such as an issue during pregnancy.
- What types of situations lead to a birth injury lawsuit? There is no easy answer to this question, as it can range from a doctor that fails to diagnose a problem during delivery to the improper use of medical devices during delivery.
- How common are birth injuries? In the United States, it is believed that approximately five out of every 1,000 children born will suffer some type of injury.
- What's the best thing to do after a birth injury? The most important step to take is getting the child the right medical care. From there, you will want to learn more about what happened and your legal rights.
No one wants to consider the fact that a child could suffer an injury during labor or delivery, but this is always a risk. If you find yourself in this position, you'll want to do whatever it takes to make your child feel better. Only then will you turn your attention to taking action against the negligent party.
Source: FindLaw, "Birth Injury FAQ," accessed Oct. 13, 2017