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Understanding Birth Injuries And Birth Injury Legal Claims

When welcoming a baby into the world, you hope more than anything that your child will be healthy. Tragically, some infants suffer birth injuries due to the negligence of the medical professionals who are supposed to care for them.

At Garau Germano, P.C., our legal team serves Indiana clients who believe their baby is the victim of medical negligence. You probably feel overwhelmed and are not sure where to turn for information. To get you started, we have answered some common questions that we hear about birth injuries.

What is a birth injury and how does it differ from a birth defect?

When a fetus is still in the womb, it can develop one or more congenital conditions called birth defects. Birth injuries differ from birth defects because they are injuries or illnesses that a baby suffers during delivery. Both birth defects and birth injuries can be the result of medical malpractice.

What are examples of birth injuries?

The following are some of the most common examples of birth injuries.

This is merely a short list. There are several other birth injuries and they can also appear concurrently.

What are common causes of birth injuries?

Sometimes, birth injuries result from factors that the doctor cannot control. For example, a large baby, premature birth, the baby not lying headfirst in the mother’s birth canal or the birth canal and pelvis are uniquely shaped.

In other situations, a doctor, nurse, hospital or another health care provider can act negligently before or during the delivery. This can result in birth injuries ranging from mild to severe. Medical malpractice during birth can harm the mother, as well.

When do birth injury symptoms appear?

Many birth injuries are apparent the moment a doctor delivers a baby. You might notice bruising, lacerations, deformities or other conditions. Many injuries, though, do not appear for weeks, months or even years. Some birth injuries are internal and you might not notice them right away. Others manifest much later during the course of a child’s development.

How are damages calculated in birth injury cases?

Every birth injury case is vastly different. Damages are usually the sum of your medical expenses, lost wages from attending appointments, projected lost income, projected medical bills, pain and suffering, and several other factors. The best way to get an accurate idea of how much your claim is worth is to consult an attorney who focuses on medical malpractice and birth injuries.

You Don’t Have To Be Alone – Reach Out To A Skilled Lawyer

We have helped many parents who are in your shoes. Get in touch with us at our Indianapolis office to request a free initial consultation about your rights and available options. We can answer more questions and evaluate your case in a free consultation. To reach us, call us at 317-978-9973 or send us an email.