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Birth Injury Explained

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What is a Birth Injury?

A birth injury is a specific kind of injury that happens during birth that causes a disability or disorder in an otherwise healthy infant. Anyone who was involved in the medical care of the expectant mother and child during delivery, birth or shortly afterward (neonatal care) may be held responsible for a birth injury if they were negligent. In some cases the medical institution (hospital, birthing center, medical practice etc.) may be held accountable.

Birth injuries are a serious matter regardless if they are small, such as a bruise or laceration on the child, or a severe injury that leaves your child permanently disabled. In many instance, birth injuries can be attributed to medical malpractice. If someone on the medical staff or a physician makes a careless mistake, children may have to live with these negligent errors for a lifetime.

Medical professionals have a duty to provide care that meets accepted standards. If a deviation from the accepted standard acting or not acting as a reasonable professional would under similar circumstances, causes harm, the attending obstetrician, obstetric nurses, technicians and other medical personnel may be legally liable for their negligence.

What do I do if my child suffered a birth injury?

If your child was injured during childbirth, you should immediately seek remedial medical care. It’s crucial for the safety and well-being of your child. If you suspect that medical negligence was the cause of your child’s birth injury, a lawyer can give you peace of mind by helping you to find the truth.

Why Should I file a Birth Injury Claim?

Deliveries can be unpredictable, and not every birth injury is preventable. However, if a physician is negligent in providing prenatal care, or makes a medical error during or after the delivery that results in serious injury to the infant, than he or she can be held responsible for medical malpractice, and monetary damages can be assessed. A successful action can provide your family with reimbursement for past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, and even the cost of future care for your child.

How much time do I have to bring the claim?

It’s important to remember that the statute of limitations in Oklahoma is seven years for minors under the age of twelve years old. To make a clear determination about whether have a birth injury claim, please contact the Oklahoma birth injury lawyers at Richardson Richardson Boudreaux for a thorough review relevant medical records.