If you’ve recently had a child, it can be devastating to learn that they sustained a birth injury. Birth injuries can cloud what would otherwise be one of the happiest moments of your life. They are surprisingly common. It has been estimated that, for every 1,000 babies born in the United States, between 6 to 8 of them have birth injuries. No two cases are identical, and they can take the form of cerebral palsy, brachial plexus injuries, and facial paralysis—just to name a few.
Given the prevalence of birth injuries, it’s important to familiarize yourself with misconceptions surrounding them. Here are a few of the most common ones.
My Baby’s Injury Was Unavoidable
This is not necessarily the case. In many cases, doctors can take precautions to prevent birth injuries. For instance, providing proper prenatal care can enable medical professionals to detect any fetal or maternal issues that could complicate the process of childbirth. They may be able to predict any problems with the position of the baby, or with its umbilical cord, that could cause birth injury. If necessary, they can advise a cesarean section to circumvent these issues.
There Is Nothing I Can Do to Help
If a doctor’s negligence is responsible for a child’s birth injury, that qualifies as medical malpractice. It can be challenging to accept that this happened to your child. But, if you believe this is the case, a lawsuit can help to alleviate the pain you feel. Even if your child’s injury cannot be reversed, keep in mind that whatever treatment they receive could be costly. Lawsuits could help you gain the financial assistance you need to cover these costs, as well as any changes to your child’s lifestyle caused by the injury.
It’s Too Late for a Lawsuit
You may be deterred from filing a lawsuit because you believe it’s too late. Don’t let that stop you from taking action. Maryland law recognizes that it can take some time to comprehend the severity of a child’s birth injury, and whether or not the negligence of a doctor or other medical professional was responsible. It’s true that the clock is ticking, but don’t assume that it is too late. Contact an attorney as soon as possible, and they will tell you whether or not you can still file a lawsuit.
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