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Medical Malpractice Attorneys For Accountability After Birth Trauma Harms Newborns
A child being born is one of the happiest moments in a parent’s life. Unfortunately, in the event of birth trauma or birth injury, this happiness turns into confusion, sadness and fear. The birth injury lawyers at the McArthur Law Firm guide parents of newborn children harmed during labor and delivery through what can be the most difficult time of their lives. Read our past client’s testimonial and watch the video regarding a birth injury case where her unborn child passed away due to medical malpractice.
Sometimes, parents of a child born with birth trauma may not wish to pursue a birth injury lawsuit. However, while a lawsuit cannot change the past, it can afford a better life for the child in the future. Money from a birth injury lawsuit can help pay for medical bills, long-term rehabilitation, schooling, home improvements to accommodate a special needs child and more. Medical malpractice cases elevate the medical profession and force hospitals to improve their conditions and policies. This helps prevent other families from experiencing similar cases of birth trauma in the future.
When Is Birth Trauma Medical Malpractice? Georgia Birth Injury Attorney Answers.
Not all cases of birth injury constitute medical malpractice. Birth comes with risks, and sometimes, babies are born with injuries. This is not necessarily medical malpractice. Medical malpractice, or medical negligence, occurs when any health care professional fails to follow the reasonable standard of care. This standard of care is determined by other OB-GYNs or specialists in that area of medicine, not lawyers or judges. A birth injury is medical malpractice under Georgia law when a preventable error caused the injury.
Common forms of birth injury that can be the result of medical malpractice include:
- Cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy can develop due to lack of oxygen to a newborn’s brain. This may result from an incorrect delivery with forceps or a vacuum extraction injury.
- Erb’s palsy. Also called brachial plexus injury, Erb’s palsy is a nerve injury in a newborn’s arm, which can be caused if a newborn’s neck is overstretched during delivery.
- Traumatic brain injury. Perinatal asphyxia, or lack of oxygen to a newborn brain, can result in brain damage to the child.
How Do Parents Know If Medical Negligence Caused A Birth Injury?
One of the most difficult situations parents face after a child is born with a birth injury is not knowing exactly what happened to their child and why. Hospitals and their insurance carriers often do not allow doctors to admit medical mistakes because that admits liability on the insurance policy. Even if a doctor knows a mistake was made in labor and delivery, he or she will likely not be able to tell the parents. This lack of knowing the truth is another tragedy of birth injury.
Parents can find the truth by having the medical records and newborn child examined by independent, objective doctors and other experts. At the McArthur Law Firm, our medical malpractice lawyers provide a review of your potential case at no charge. If your child was born with a birth injury or trauma and you want the truth, we will help you uncover it. We serve clients nationwide and throughout Georgia. This includes our work in malpractice cases in Atlanta, Savannah and Columbus as well as doctor negligence claims in Albany, Augusta and statewide.
Georgia Medical Malpractice And Birth Injury Lawyer Offering Free Case Reviews
We fight every day for families that might otherwise not have a voice in the courtroom or money to pursue a necessary lawsuit. For a free case review of a birth injury, contact us by calling our offices directly at 478-238-6600. We practice nationwide. Otherwise, fill out our confidential online form and hear what our birth injury lawyer has to say about your situation and legal options.