Depending on medical conditions and diagnosed problems, the birth process can be risky to both the baby and the mother. Sometimes, the actions and missteps from medical staff, including Kentucky doctors and nurses, can lead to additional complications. Sadly, many babies suffer from birth injuries that are the result of preventable mistakes and unnecessary interventions.
A birth injury can mar the joy and excitement that comes with the birth of a new baby. Some of these types of injuries resolve themselves over time, but in cases of more serious trauma, the baby could deal with complications for the rest of his or her life. If you believe that your child suffered from a birth injury that was the direct result of a medical professional's actions or negligence, you have options.
Which type of birth injury will impact your child?
Complications during the birth process sometimes happen naturally, and it is the responsibility of the doctor and other staff to determine how to proceed and protect the health of the baby and mother. Other times, doctors may choose the wrong course of action or fail to act at signs of distress, leading to otherwise preventable consequences. Some of the most common types of birth injuries include the following:
- Bruises or marks from the use of forceps during delivery
- Facial paralysis, caused by excessive pressure on the face during delivery
- Damage to the brachial palsy nerve, which leads to problems with the shoulder and arm
- Fractures, caused by interventions during the birth process
Any type of injury caused by the negligence or recklessness of the doctor, nurse or other medical professional is grounds for a medical malpractice claim. You have the right to take action on behalf of your child, seeking compensation to cover additional medical needs and care that he or she may need in the future.
Navigating the claims process
The personal injury claims process is complex. If you think you have a rightful claim to compensation, you do not have to undertake the medical malpractice claims process by yourself. You may find it helpful to seek guidance, first through a complete evaluation of your case.
This step can help you understand the options available to you, allowing you to effectively fight for what your child needs for medical care, therapy, rehabilitation and future support. Your family may be devastated by a birth injury suffered by your child, but you can take steps to hold liable parties accountable for your pain and suffering.