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Birth Injury Caused by Negligence


During birth, injuries can occur to a newborn. Not all injuries sustained during or after the birthing process are serious and not all merit becoming a court case. However, serious injuries to an infant should raise a red flag in your mind about the possibility of negligence on the part of a physician, health care provider, or hospital.

A lawyer experienced in handling birth injury cases knows how to evaluate the facts surrounding the injury to your newborn and can make a skilled determination about whether the injury arose due to negligence. To make this determination, the attorney consults with experts in the field of birth injury, and also obtains all medical records for review.

You only have a limited amount of time to bring a lawsuit for negligence, so it is in the best interests of your infant and family to reach out to an attorney as soon as possible after the suspected injury.

Types of negligent acts that can lead to a birth injury

Negligence may arise before, during, or after a birth, and cause birth injury. Some examples of the types of negligent acts that can cause a serious injury to an infant include the following:

  • Caesarean section
  • Insufficient or incorrect pre-natal care
  • Pitocin
  • Too large a baby
  • Failure to act quickly
  • Improper use of forceps or vacuum extractor
  • Improper use of anesthesia
  • Failure to maintain a sterile environment

A medical malpractice attorney can assist you in examining the facts surrounding any injury to your child.

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