What is considered a birth injury?
If your child suffered a birth injury, it may be the result of medical negligence. Birth injuries can be caused by mistakes made by doctors or hospitals during delivery. Excessive force being used to deliver a child, delaying the performance of necessary C-section, and deprivation of oxygen to the child are only a few of the factors that can lead to a birth injury. Sometimes medical care professionals have failed to diagnose or properly treat various conditions that arise during pregnancy and can lead to birth injuries.
While some injuries, such as bruises or even fractured bones, may heal themselves with time, others are more serious and lead to extended or permanent ramifications. Cerebral palsy, mental retardation, paralysis, facial paralysis, developmental delay and a wide variety of other serious complications can put tremendous burdens on the family of an infant who suffered trauma at birth. The expenses associated with long-term medical care are an extreme hardship for families who already must deal with the emotional trauma associated with a birth-related injury.
Most birth injuries are not the result of medical negligence, but when they are, it is important to find the help you need to sort through the legal and emotional effects. At Owens, McCrea & Linscott, our birth injury lawyers are here for you, and we can place our years of experience in handling traumatic injury cases of all types on your side.
What should I do if I have a birth injury?
To take the first step in determining whether or not you have a medical malpractice claim related to a birth injury in Idaho or Washington, please contact the Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, birth injury attorneys at Owens, McCrea & Linscott for a free consultation.