A birth injury can be a tragic turn of events for any family looking forward to welcoming a new angel into the world. It can leave the newborn with lifetime challenges such as severe mental and physical health impairments. Families throughout Oregon who have gone through different levels of this misfortune need an experienced Portland birth injury lawyer to help them pursue fair and just compensation for their kid’s injuries. This compensation also eases the financial burden these children have placed upon their families.
Medical complications during childbirth are common. The delivery room staff and obstetricians should take all the necessary precautions to prevent all forms of childbirth complications. If the complications are inevitable, the obstetricians and all the responsible medical practitioners should take the right measures to prevent birth injuries.
Negligence during childbirth could lead to an endless list of birth injuries to the mother or the child. Some of the forms of negligence that could result in birth injury include a delay in C-section, prenatal care negligence, midwife malpractice, poor vacuum extractor malpractices that could result in injuries, and more. Such malpractices might result in the following birth injuries.
- Fetal distress
- Brain damage due to the reduced blood flow (ischemia)
- Erb’s Palsy
- Sepsis (infections)
- High bilirubin
- Umbilical cord compression
- VBAC/ uterine rapture
These are some of the birth injuries caused by medical practitioners’ negligence. If you plan to seek compensation, you need an experienced attorney. Here is why.
Understand your legal options and the statute of limitations
Any personal injury claim is always complicated, and no one wants to honor the claim without a fight. Of course, your healthcare provider while hiring a lawyer or have to try to prove there was no negligence. Therefore, it’s upon you, the victim, to create a strong case against the medical practitioner, and prove they acted negligently. Only an experienced lawyer can handle such a complicated case.
Besides, the statute of limitations varies from state to state. It begins at the time of injury or the date the injury was discovered. Failure to file injury claim before the deadline means your case will be denied. For this reason, it’s recommended to hire a professional lawyer.
Hefty medical care expenses
Not all household can pay for all medical expenses associated with birth injuries and defects. Depending on the extent of the injury to the mother or child, the number of healthcare expenses required may exceed what you can pay. Fair compensation for birth injuries can help you finance the victim’s healthcare expenses.
Take advantage of your lawyer’s expertise and experience
A medical practitioner is guilty of negligence when they fail to offer the standard care set by the medical profession. An attorney can prove the doctor’s negligence by having medical professionals with the same level of education testify hoe they would have acted differently to prevent the birth injury. While the attorney might not advocate for you or your child, he or she can use medical documents as evidence.