Was Your Baby Injured At Birth?
Get the Care Your Baby Needs for Life
Avoidable birth injuries are a reality in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as many as 2,000+ birth injuries occur monthly. To break this down further, that means 80 babies born every day are likely to sustain some type of birth injury. Injuries ranging from moderate to severe can require a lifetime of care for your baby, placing a heavy financial burden on families. The good news is, you’re not alone, and there may be something you can do to get the financial help you need to raise a child who was injured at birth.
Risk Factors in Pregnancy
Birth injuries are a common occurrence in high-risk pregnancies, but there are steps doctors can take to identify these risk factors and respond to them appropriately. Some of these risk factors include:
- Large birth weight
- Poor neonatal care
- Pre-pregnancy diabetes
- Gestational diabetes
- Pre-term labor
- Being over the age of 35
- Past pregnancy complications
Proper identification of these risk factors, together with a proper response to these risk factors, can mitigate injury to the child or mother. Birth injuries may still occur when the doctors do everything within their power to prevent them. It is when doctors fail to adhere to the accepted standard of care that parents may have cause for a birth injury claim against a hospital / doctor. This type of claim, if successful, could produce the money you and your family needs to support a child living with the effects of a birth injury.
Do I Have a Claim?
Doctors and other healthcare professionals can be held responsible for any negligence or wrongdoing that contributed to the injury. You may have a claim if your situation meets the following criteria:
- There was a doctor-patient relationship, establishing the duty of the defendant to the injured party;
- That duty was breached, whether by negligence or wrongdoing;
- The breach of duty proximately contributed to the baby or mother’s injuries;
These cases are complex, and best evaluated by an experienced attorney. You may not know your right to file a birth injury lawsuit until you speak with a lawyer experienced in this field, which is why we encourage you to contact Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC today. Evaluations are free, and should we represent you, you won’t pay a fee unless we win your case.
Why File a Claim?
Many people who like their doctors are hesitant to file a claim against them, so if this describes you, you’re not alone. What is important to remember is that your child is now living with the effects of a birth injury. This might include anything from partial paralysis to brain injury or even cerebral palsy. Rehabilitation and care for these conditions is not cheap, which is why these claims are primarily about ensuring your child gets the care they need for the rest of their lives.
Choosing Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC
Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC is a Portland-based law firm that handles birth injury claims throughout Oregon. Our firm has been rated “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News in the practice area of medical malpractice. This means that we have been recognized as one of the area’s top malpractice law firms for plaintiffs, so if your child was injured during labor or delivery, go with the best.