The arrival of a baby should be a happy and joyous occasion, but sadly, birth injuries occur all too often around the country.
A birth injury is a health problem that an infant is born with that, in most cases, is completely preventable. These injuries may be the result of medical malpractice, and the mistakes often have catastrophic consequences for the child as well as the parents.
Ozmon Law is experienced in birth injury litigation and can work with you to help you understand your rights. Here are 3 important things to know about a birth injury:
1. Look for warning signs in order to detect if an injury has occurred at birth.
Common types of birth-related injuries include Cerebral palsy, shoulder/arm injures, facial paralysis, brain injuries, forceps injuries and bone fractures.
Symptoms can range from limited facial or limb movement or paralysis, poor coordination, clenched fists, vision problems or delayed motor skills – among others.
If your child has missed any important development milestones or is showing signs of physical or cognitive distress, this may be an indication that brain or nerve damage occurred during the labor process.
2. If you suspect your child has suffered a birth injury, take action as soon as possible.
You must obtain ALL medical records, including a copy of the fetal monitoring strips. They will show if there were anomalies in areas like heart rate and respiration as the baby in utero is being delivered. The delivery records will contain an Apgar score, which determines the health and appearance of the baby at birth. The lower the Apgar score, the more likely there was a problem.
3. Contact an attorney to understand and protect your rights.
Birth records and important paperwork should be presented to a competent and experience birth-related injury attorney. You must keep in mind that there is a statute of limitations which provides that you must file an action within two years from the date you knew or should have known of any wrongful conduct. However, regardless you must file an action within the statute of repose, which is eight years. With over 30 years of trial experience, Laird Ozman has a proven track record involving birth-related injury cases.