The birth of a child is a frequently happy and joyous occasion. However, for many people, the birth of a child can become a heartbreaking and stressful time when the baby is born with injuries or other medical problems. These medical issues are too often the result of negligence or malpractice at the time of the child’s birth or during pregnancy. These injuries may lead to lifelong medical issues for the children.
Pregnancies and deliveries are a complex process. An error during this delicate times can have grave and lasting repercussions. Birth injuries can result from a number of actions or situations. For example, waiting too long to perform a cesarean section, administering the wrong dosage of medications, or failures to diagnose illnesses can all cause injuries to babies.
Birth injuries can include both physical injuries, such as broken bones, or brain injuries that can lead to developmental delays and have lifelong consequences. Some conditions that can be the result of medical negligence include cerebral palsy, Erb’s Palsy, eclampsia, or hypoxia, among others. These injuries can be devastating for families for a number of reasons, including the high medical costs associated with them due to frequent doctor and hospital visits, physical therapy, and even home and vehicle modifications. In some cases, birth injuries can even result in the death of the child.
Cerebral Palsy is a particularly devastating result of medical malpractice that can occur during the birth process. Cerebral Palsy is a term that refers to a range of neurological disorders. According to the Center for Disease Control, the average lifetime cost of caring for a child with cerebral palsy is staggering; the CDC estimates the costs at about $1 million. The total cost for all people born with Cerebral Palsy in one year totals over $11 billion. An estimated 80 percent of Cerebral Palsy cases occur during pregnancy or child birth. Common causes are infection, such as meningitis, lack of oxygen to the brain, or bleeding on the brain.
If your child suffered from birth injuries, you may be entitled to compensation to help cover the costs of medical care for your child. You may also be compensated you for your pain and suffering, your child’s future earnings. You may even be able to file a wrongful death suit if your child has died as a result of birth injuries caused by medical negligence or malpractice.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of a birth injury, you need a Massachusetts birth injury attorney. Contact Attorney Cappetta today to discuss your situation. Attorney Cappetta is a compassionate Massachusetts attorney who can help you in this stressful time. Attorney Cappetta offers free consultations so contact him today to discuss your situation.