My child suffered injuries in the birth process. Who is to blame?

Parents always want what is best for their children, and it can be difficult to watch your child suffer from an injury, illness or other type of medical issue. Louisiana parents whose children suffered an injury during the birth process know how overwhelming this situation can be, yet this is not something they have to endure alone.

If your child suffered a birth injury, it is possible that it was the result of some type of medical negligence or the reckless actions of the care provider. It is worthwhile to seek a complete understanding of your rights and the legal options available to you. It may be possible for you to pursue a civil claim against the liable parties.

Common types of birth injuries

Even a slight deviation from the accepted standard of care can result in consequences that may affect your child for the rest of his or her life. Some of the most common types of birth injuries include the following:

  • Bruises or marks from forceps use: Doctors often employ the use of forceps to help move the baby out, which can cause serious bruising and other damage.
  • Paralysis of the face: Interventions during birth, such as the use of forceps, can cause damage to the nerves in the face, which results in paralysis.
  • Fractures: Sometimes, babies experience a fracture in their clavicle bones or collarbones during this birth process, sometimes as the result of the doctor's actions.
  • Brachial palsy: This occurs when there is damage to a particular nerve during the birth process. The result is the loss of the baby's ability to rotate and move his or her arm.

These are just some of the various types of birth injuries that may have impacted your child. If you believe that it was the result of the actions and decisions made by your doctor, your child may be the victim of medical malpractice.

Seeking the compensation your family deserves

Medical malpractice can devastate your family, both physically and emotionally. By filing a civil claim against the liable parties, you may be able to recover your financial losses and have the resources to provide your child with whatever care he or she needs.

If you are unsure of your options or don't know where to begin, it may be useful to start with a complete evaluation of your case. This can help you understand the appropriate course of action you can take on behalf of your child.

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