When a New York family is expecting a baby, it is a time of great excitement. The joy of welcoming a new family member can quickly change to fear and uncertainty if something goes wrong in the process, resulting in an injury to the baby. If your family went through this situation and life is permanently different for your child, you do not have to face it alone.
Birth complications can happen, and in some cases, they are not predictable or preventable. However, there are times that mishaps happen because of a doctor’s decision or failure to act, leaving an innocent child to suffer the consequences. If you believe that the birth injury suffered by your baby is the result of negligence or malpractice, you have the right to seek compensation and get your child the help he or she needs.
Understanding what happened to your child
While it is impossible to reverse what happened to your baby, understanding the nature and impact of the type of injury he or she suffered can help you move forward. Some of the most common types of injuries suffered during the birth process include the following:
- Brachial palsy: This condition is the result of an injury to the nerves in the arms and hands, also known as the brachial plexus. This often happens when there is trouble getting the baby’s shoulder to pass through the birth canal.
- Fractures: Damage to the fragile bones of the baby can happen when a doctor mishandles the baby or there are difficulties in the actual delivery. Often, this is a fracture of the collarbone.
- Facial paralysis: This can happen when extensive pressure on the baby’s face results in damage to the nerves in the face. Sometimes, this happens when the doctor employs the use of forceps.
Sadly, many families feel that they have no options after their child suffered a birth injury. You have choices, and you have the right to seek compensation so you can help your child.
Holding liable parties accountable
If your child experienced an injury, you do not have to remain silent. You may fight for both answers and justice for your baby. An evaluation of your case will help you understand your options and how you should proceed.
If your child suffered a birth injury, you have the right to fight on his or her behalf. It may seem like a daunting prospect, but it is possible to hold liable parties accountable through a medical malpractice claim.