The birth of a child is one of life’s most rewarding and nerve-wracking times. Most parents wish for one thing while they are waiting for their new family member’s arrival – a healthy baby. When there are problems during birth, the consequences could destroy your baby’s life.
There is often little that can be done to prevent a birth defect. It can be frustrating if your child’s life has been changed forever because of someone’s mistake. Many of those children end up with lifelong and serious medical conditions.
It is understandable your medical practitioner did everything possible to help your child. Yet many birth injuries are preventable if everyone does what is necessary. It is important to know if everything possible was done. It is important to understand the differences between birth defects and birth injuries.
Birth defects are often unpreventable
Birth defects are structural or functional problems suffered by newborns. Defects happen while the baby is developing in the womb.
They can range from mild to severe. Injuries can impact organ function and physical and mental appearance, development and function.
Birth injuries caused by medical malpractice are avoidable
Not every birth injury is caused by medical malpractice or negligence. But when they are, you might be able to hold the person responsible accountable.
- Brain damage
- Cerebral Palsy
- Common injuries include:
- Erb’s Palsy
- Physical injuries
- A lifetime of challenges
Not all birth injuries are permanent
Birth injuries are not necessarily permanent. If they are, it could mean a lifetime of physical problems and medical treatment. Your baby might need a significant amount of money to function and pay bills.