Few events in life are as eagerly anticipated and awaited as the birth of a child. The excitement of the birth of a child can sadly be marred if during the birth the child is injured. This can be especially upsetting if it is an injury that could have been prevented. There are about 27 birth injuries in every 1,000 births, and most of these are the result of someone’s negligence.
A birth injury is defined as the any injuries or damage that result to an infant during labor and delivery. In one case, a baby girl suffered from a shoulder dystocia (the shoulder become stuck against a bone structure), which damaged her nerve endings so severely that she was left with no mobility in her arm. Though she has since received surgeries to increase her mobility, the little girl will always have mobility issues with her arm. In several other recent cases, mothers and babies have suffered injuries due to the hospital’s negligence to investigate abnormal severe pain that the mother was suffering. One such case resulted in injuries for the child, and the death of the mother.
In the case of the shoulder dystocia, which is considered an obstetrical emergency, the doctors could have prevented this life-long injury. The parents brought a medical malpractice case against the doctors involved. The doctors refused to settle, and it came before a jury. The jury decided in favor of the plaintiffs, stating that the doctors were negligent and breached the standard level of obstetric care. They were awarded $5.5 million.
If your infant has suffered from a birth injury it is important to consult with a highly qualified legal team, especially if you feel the injury could have been prevented. An attorney team can help you through this extremely difficult time, while making sure that you receive the compensation you deserve. Contact the team at Wynn and Wynn today at 1-800-852-5211 or request your free consultation.