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Understanding the basics of birth injury risks and response

On Behalf of | Nov 22, 2023 | Medical Malpractice

The journey of childbirth can sometimes take unexpected turns, leading to birth injuries that pose challenges for both infants and their families. Unfortunately, many parents struggle in the wake of these injuries due to uncertainty, confusion and unfamiliarity with the laws associated with these types of claims.

Every parent should understand birth injury risks and how to respond to them.

Types of birth injuries

Birth injuries can manifest in various ways, ranging from minor bruises to more severe complications. Common types of birth injuries include brachial plexus injuries, cerebral palsy, fractures and facial nerve injuries. Brachial plexus injuries, for instance, may result from excessive pulling during delivery, leading to damage in the network of nerves controlling the arms and hands. As much as 2.5% of deliveries result in blood vessel ruptures in the skull, most frequently in deliveries with vacuum or forceps intervention.

Recourse under the law

In many cases, parents may have the option to file a claim for compensation to cover medical expenses, ongoing care and other related costs. Seeking recourse under the law can provide families with the means to address the financial burdens associated with birth injuries, ensuring that the child receives the necessary support for their well-being.

Timing for filing a claim

Timing is a critical factor when it comes to seeking recourse for birth injuries. Parents should be aware that there are limitations on when they can file a claim. The timeline for filing a claim varies depending on the nature of the injury and when you discover it. The sooner you recognize it and seek legal action, the better your chances of a successful claim.

Parents should understand the risks and signs of birth injuries so they can advocate for their child after delivery.