Birth injuries, which are caused most commonly during a child’s delivery, can be
life altering for children and their families. It’s not just the
child who will suffer from the potential complications of these injuries;
his or her mother, friends, and colleagues will have to live with the
consequences in the future as well.
If a baby is injured during delivery, it’s most commonly due to the
doctor failing to respond to or assess conditions in which the child or
mother is suffering due to complications. It’s also possible that
prescription medications given to the mother during pregnancy could lead
to these injuries.
For mothers who can show that negligence or substandard care led to their
own injuries or injuries to their children, medical malpractice claims
can be a way to recover costs and collect compensation for future needs.
They can bring their cases to their attorneys and discuss what happened.
An attorney an help keep the case in order and make requests on behalf
of the family during a time of upset. A jury will listen to the mother’s
story as well as testimony from experts, who may be other doctors, surgeons,
or nurses, to determine if the doctor’s actions were substandard.
Following a successful lawsuit, compensation may go to the parents or the
child directly, depending on the situation. If the award is to the child,
it may be placed in a trust with some being available for the child’s
care when needed. If the mother suffered injuries, then the compensation
may go to her and the child, again, depending on the award type.