Parents trust their physicians through the pregnancy and birth process. It should be a joyous time; however, the negligence of some physicians may jeopardize the life or health of the baby.
In the case of birth injuries, parties may seek compensation when medical providers were at fault. Before pursuing a lawsuit, there are a few key things to understand about birth injuries.
Types of birth injuries
There are many different types of birth injuries, which fall into two categories:
- Injuries during pregnancy
- Birth and delivery injuries
Most people are familiar with injuries that occur during the actual labor and delivery process. However, physicians may also misdiagnose or overlook preventable (and sometimes correctable) issues during pregnancy, which may result in issues during and after birth.
Injuries to babies and mothers
When people hear about birth injuries, they generally think of injury to the infant. While these injuries do account for a large number of birth injury cases, mothers can also suffer various injuries, as well as death. In addition, along with physical injuries, mothers may experience emotional and mental trauma, in conjunction with their own injuries or injuries to their children.
While some life-changing birth injuries are avoidable, there are certain instances where nothing can stop them. For instance, there can be hereditary or physical traits in the mother or child that may result in injury. In such cases, even the most prudent physicians may not be able to prevent the injury. It is important to understand the difference between the two. It is also quite imperative that when filing a claim, parties complete the claim process in accordance with the law.
While a successful birth injury claim cannot fully make up for the pain, injuries or loss of the inappropriate action, it can aid in the aftermath financially. Parties should take time to fully understand the process and determine the best course of action for their situation.