It is estimated that five out of every 1000 children born in the US will suffer some type of birth injury. Birth injuries can range from minor injuries, such as minimal bruising, to life-altering injuries such as a diagnosis of cerebral palsy. While many birth injuries may correct themselves within the first months after delivery, not all of them do. In serious cases, a baby can suffer permanent, life-long injuries. Many birth injuries are as a result of difficult deliveries, however some birth injuries can occur when the treating physician fails to adequately assess or respond to conditions or complications that arise either during a woman's pregnancy or delivery.
In a birth injury case, several parties may share liability for the injury to your child. The doctor or team of doctors who delivered the child may be liable for failing to follow the standard of care during your delivery. The hospital, nurses and other care providers can also be held responsible for their failures to act as required by applicable medical standards. At Ridge & Downes we have dealt with the complexities of these types of cases many times. An experienced attorney will determine which parties may be subject to liability based upon the facts and laws governing your situation. If you think your child has been injured as a result of a difficult birth, contact us and we will help you determine the best course of action to take for your unique circumstances.
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