When something goes wrong during the long-awaited birth of your child, the result can be the loss of your baby or an injury that can change their life and yours forever. When the birth injury occurs, you need an experienced lawyer by your side to determine if you have a cause of action due to negligence on the part of the doctor, hospital, or medical staff. The compassionate birth injury attorneys at Nguyen & Chen can help determine whether negligence harmed your child or whether the problem was the result of birth defects or inevitable problems during delivery.
Birth Injury Attorneys Can Determine The Facts
Birth defects are health conditions that may result from genetics, drugs, improper development of the fetus, the mother’s actions during pregnancy, or unknown circumstances. Unless the doctor prescribed a medication that led to defects, you may not have a cause of action if your child should be among the estimated 7% of babies born with a defect or irregularity of some type.
On the other hand, avoidable problems during delivery lead to birth injury in five of 1,000 babies born in the US. These might include:
- Cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy, brachial palsy
- Cesarean section (C-section) injuries
- Extreme jaundice
- Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) or fetal distress
- Improper use of forceps or vacuum
- Mental retardation
Some birth injuries cut off oxygen to the brain, which can lead to long-term health problems that include both motor disabilities and impaired intellectual development. Others are often related to the use of instruments used to extract the baby can result in damage to the head or the skeletal system. The result can be a need for expensive surgeries, prosthetics, ongoing therapy, and in some cases, even institutional care.
Problems at birth may have no long-term effect or may not show up until sometime after birth. Motor difficulties might be apparent if the child fails to meet milestones for physical and intellectual development.
Consult With Nguyen & Chen
When your child shows signs of a birth injury, Nguyen & Chen can help you pursue a cause of action against a hospital or responsible medical personnel so that you can obtain compensation to offset your expenses to care for your child. If you suspect that negligence led to birth injuries, learn the facts by bringing the matter to Nguyen & Chen.