How To Pursue Birth Injury Claims?


Birth Injury Claims Summarized

Imagine trying to experience the joys of childbirth and welcoming a new family member into your home after being struck with the terrible news that your child was injured during childbirth. Some of the most important things to understand about birth injury claims are:

  • A birth injury is a type of medical malpractice. It typically refers to anytime a member of medical staff acts negligently, and the consequences of those actions result in injury.
  • Birth injuries are often the result of complications that arise during pregnancy or labor that are not appropriately managed by healthcare providers.
  • Birth injuries can also be caused by the failure of healthcare providers to recognize that the baby is in distress and expediting the delivery.

How Common Are Birth Injury Claims?

Birth injury claims make up quite a significant number of medical malpractice claims filed each year. The most common form of birth injury is called Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE). THis is a type of newborn brain damage caused by oxygen deprivation and limited blood flow. Other terms used for HIE include birth asphyxia, perinatal asphyxia, and neonatal encephalopathy. This type of injury often results in a diagnosis of cerebral palsy. Some traumatic birth issues that can cause HIE and developmental delays are:

  • When medical providers negligently failed to monitor your baby’s oxygen intake during labor and delivery
  • If a doctor doesn’t initiate treatment to prevent your child from being born prematurely
  • Trauma to your baby caused during birth
  • Failure to perform a timely surgical delivery [Cesarean section]
  • Failure to properly treat infection
  • Improper administration of medication

Why Make A Birth Injury Claim?

Children and parents who must undergo medical treatments to treat the effects of a birth injury leave the hospital with lifelong medical bills and the need for ongoing extensive medical care.
Working with experienced medical malpractice lawyers, such as VSCP LAW, helps families to get the compensation they deserve and need to ensure their child receives appropriate medical care and to make sure this type of medical mistake does not happen to another child.

How Long Do I Have To Make A Birth Injury Compensation Claim?

Navigating birth injury claims can be difficult because it often takes months or years to see the damage of a birth injury. Still, Pennsylvania state law permits a child to pursue a claim up until their 20th birthday however any parental claims will still expire within 2 years from the child’s birth.

How Does VSCP Law Handle Birth Injury Compensation Claims?

If you have concerns that your child has suffered a birth injury, reach out to the lawyers at VSCP LAW right away.

Birth injuries can have devastating effects on the rest of your child’s life, and as parents, you want to have the resources to provide adequate care for your child. VSCP LAW has obtained record setting recoveries in birth injury cases. Together, we will fight to get the compensation you and your family deserve.

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