Understanding Birth Negligence and Your Rights
Parents with a child who suffers from a brain injury like cerebral palsy, developmental delay, seizures, blindness, hearing loss or other birth injuries are often left with the incorrect impression that their child has an “unpreventable” birth defect or genetic injury, or had an “unusual reaction” to a medication or surgical procedure. Many parents are lost, left with undeserved guilt and questions about what happened to their child. There unfortunately is often a “code of silence” among medical professionals, and it is often very hard for parents to get straight answers or the full story about what happened to their child.
Medical malpractice is a term used in reference to birth negligence or mistakes made by doctors, nurses, pharmacists or other health care professionals. According to recent nationwide studies, these mistakes cause between 40,000 to 90,000 deaths per year and several hundred thousand injuries, including harm to tens of thousands of children each year around the country.
Medical malpractice often occurs under one of the following circumstances:
- Delay or failure in diagnosing and treating a disease or condition
- Failure to take appropriate measures to insure the birth of a healthy child
- Surgical error or anesthetic mistake made during an operation
- A medication, blood transfusion or IV error.
Parents who have a child suffering from cerebral palsy, developmental delay, blindness, seizures or other serious problems should know that their child’s condition might have been caused by some of the circumstances listed above. If birth negligence occurred and a mistake was made, it probably could have been prevented if reasonable care had been exercised. If you suspect medical malpractice may have caused your child’s conditions, you should contact a birth injury law firm. You can trust Charles H. Thronson, an experienced birth injury lawyer, to provide expert confidential advice and research into the cause of your child’s condition. If your child’s disability is due to medical malpractice or birth negligence, you and your child are entitled by law to receive fair compensation. You should also know that the large majority of serious medical malpractice cases are resolved before trial, through negotiation and settlement.
Compensation includes past, present and future medical, therapy, nursing and long-term attendant care expenses; respite care, equipment and supplies; architectural modifications to an existing residence or the purchase of a new, more suitable residence; transportation, including a van with a wheelchair lift; lost past and future wages and damages for pain and suffering.
There is no cost or obligation for our review of your case.