The birth of a child should be one of the happiest days of the parents’ lives. It is therefore heartbreaking whenever an unforeseeable complication arises. If the negligence of a medical professional needlessly harms a newborn, the parents should not hesitate to seek justice. The newborn’s parents may be faced with decades of ongoing costs, including:
- Medications and supplies
- Adaptive equipment
- Treatment by specialists
- In-home or institutional care
- Loss of income (when a parent sacrifices a career to care for a child)
Birth Injury = Medical Malpractice
Personal injury law protects parents and newborns from having to suffer alone. If a newborn—or mother—has sustained injuries from improper handling of the pregnancy and/or birth by medical professionals, parents may become claimants in a malpractice claim.
Who Do You Sue?
A personal injury attorney would begin by thoroughly investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding the pregnancy, the birth, and the treatment provided. Birth injury lawsuits may be filed against:
- Medical facilities
- Pharmaceutical companies
- Medical device manufacturers