We know that pregnancies can be complicated and that there are always risks involved with the delivery of a child, both for the baby and for the mother. The last thing you ever expect is for the actions of a doctor, nurse, or other healthcare provider to cause a birth injury.
At the Hayes Law Firm, APC, we recognize that not every birth injury is someone’s fault, but we also know that medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the United States. Sometimes, those mistakes result in birth injuries.
If you need a Montebello birth injury attorney, contact us today.
What Can Happen?
According to the CDC, there are approximately 4 million births in the United States each year. They also report that there are more than 23,000 infant deaths each year, many of those due to injuries suffered at birth.
The infant mortality rate in the US is higher than any other developed country in the world, despite our medical advances. Consider the following common birth injuries that can happen to the child:
- Bone fractures (collarbone, skull, arms, legs)
- Meconium aspiration
- Fetal oxygen deprivation
- Brain bleeds
- Nerve damage
When a child suffers from any of those injuries, and others that are not listed, they can develop brain damage, suffer from developmental delays, have learning disabilities, as well as a range of physical disabilities or paralysis. In some cases, they can even lead to death.
What About Mothers?
Women can also suffer from birth injuries and they can occur before, during, and after a child has been delivered. More women are dying in the US from pregnancy-related complications than in any other developed country. An NPR study found that doctors and nurses often fail to properly diagnose and treat mothers with appropriate medical care even if they are showing signs of distress.
Untrained doctors and healthcare staff are a danger to both a mother and child. Their negligence can lead to families facing enormous medical costs over a lifetime due to complications from birth injuries.
What if insurance will not cover these expenses?
What We Can Do To Help
We hope that nobody ever has togo through a birth injury, not a child or a mother. If you or a loved one have experienced a birth injury that you believe was caused by a healthcare provider’s negligence, please seek legal assistance as soon as possible. At the Hayes Law Firm, APC, our team will work to investigate all aspects of your case so we can secure the compensation you need. This includes:
- Coverage of all current and future medical expenses related to the error
- Recovery of lost wages and benefits if you or a loved one cannot work due to the injury
- Damages for pain and suffering as well as loss of enjoyment of life
- Punitive damages against the person, people, or agency responsible
When you need a Montebello birth injury attorney, you can reach out for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 323-477-1415.