The birth of a child is a special time for most parents, but unfortunately, for others, injuries to babies during birth happen occasionally. In the United States, the birth injury rate is about seven for every 1,000 births, which amounts to 76 a day. The rate is worse for private, non-profit hospitals versus for-profit ones and larger ones versus smaller ones.
Over the past year, judges and juries throughout the country have been recognizing the damage caused by negligent medical professionals when a child is being born. A California judge approved $5.75 million for a family whose baby boy suffered severe and permanent brain injury because of a lack of oxygen to his brain during birth. A jury in South Carolina recently awarded a family $4.4 million, alleging that a nurse failed to monitor the baby’s heart rate and realize that he required urgent medical attention. The boy was born with cerebral palsy and died at the age of five as a result.
If your newborn has experienced complications and injuries because of something medical professionals did or failed to do, a Washington, D.C. or Virginia personal injury lawyer can help you receive compensation for your medical bills and suffering.
Causation of more common injuries that occur during birth includes:
Medical malpractice liability applies to medical professionals when they:
Contact an experienced Virginia or Washington, D.C. personal injury lawyer at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis, and Lightfoot L.L.P if your child experienced complications relating to his or her birth.