Are Birth Injuries Considered Medical Malpractice?

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Few events are as eagerly anticipated and awaited as the birth of a child. There are few things as sad and upsetting for parents as a birth injury, especially 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 results to an infant during labor and delivery. In a recent 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.

A shoulder dystocia is considered an obstetrical emergency, and 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. And 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.