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Suing on Behalf of Your Injured Infant

May 15, 2012
Colson Hicks Eidson

Every parent wants to protect his or her child from harm. When a child is born with a painful and potentially permanent birth injury, a doctor or other medical staff person might be responsible. In these cases, parents turn to medical malpractice lawsuits to compensate for their child’s birth injury.

There can be numerous defendants in a medical malpractice suit involving birth injuries. Some cases have involved an entire hospital as the negligent party. The main issue is determining whether the medical personnel adhered to an established level of care that others would have followed in similar circumstances. Medical negligence can occur in a variety of ways, including:

  • Inappropriate delivery methods
  • Failure to remedy a lack of oxygen to the baby
  • Failure to remedy an infection or internal bleeding
  • Administering dangerous doses of drugs to the mother or baby

If you suspect a medical mistake is responsible for your child’s birth injury, consult an attorney immediately. Depending on where you live, you only have a certain amount of time to file a medical malpractice lawsuit on behalf of your child. On the medical side, consult with a medical specialist to discuss a long-term treatment plan for your child.

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