When Giving Birth Is a Traumatic Experience, You Could Receive Financial Help
It’s almost unbearable to think about your newborn baby getting hurt during birth.
Sometimes it happens as a natural result of the birth process.
Other times, it’s a health care provider’s fault.
If a caregiver was negligent, you may have a medical malpractice personal injury claim.
It’s hard on you and your family when labor and delivery doesn’t go as planned. Your baby’s injured, and your own recovery is complicated. Compensation from a personal injury claim could help your family cope with this traumatic experience.
The Kentucky and West Virginia attorneys at Morgan, Collins, Yeast & Salyer can help you understand your rights and your options after a birth injury.
A Birth Injury Lawyer Helps You Determine Negligence
The difference between a congenital defect and a claim against a health care provider is negligence.
Errors in medication, neglect of care or improper medical treatment all could point to a negligence claim.
These are some of the ways negligence can appear for birth injuries:
- Prenatal Negligence: When you’re pregnant, your doctor should screen you for conditions like gestational diabetes and hepatitis, which affect your pregnancy. Pregnant women should not receive certain medications that can cause birth complications. Your doctor has a responsibility to provide reasonable prenatal care.
- Negligence During Labor: While giving birth, doctors and nurses should monitor your heart rate and blood pressure, along with the baby’s. It could be negligent for health care providers to miss signs trouble or fail to identify when you need a C-section.
- Negligence After Birth: You and your baby should receive careful medical care before leaving the hospital. Otherwise, you run the risk of infections, seizures, strokes or even death. Improper care after giving birth can be considered negligence.
About one in seven babies are injured during birth in the United States.
If you or your baby are suffering because of something doctors did or failed to do, we can help you pursue any financial assistance that might be available to make this time in your life easier.
What Kind of Compensation Can I Get After a Birth Injury?
When the doctors who handled your pregnancy and birth have put you and your baby through a painful hardship, you can seek these forms of compensation:
- Medical Expenses: You could get medical bills resulting from your birth injury covered. This includes treatment for your baby and you.
- Pain and Suffering: You can be compensated for the physical and mental anguish you have gone through.
- Punitive Damages: If the doctor’s behavior was grossly negligent, you can receive payment as part of their punishment.
It takes Kentucky Courage™ and West Virginia Values to go after the compensation you deserve during such a sensitive time in your life.
The birth injury lawyers at Morgan, Collins, Yeast & Salyer have long experience with medical malpractice claims like this. While you and your baby rest, we’ll fight.