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What happens if your child is injured at birth?

Welcoming a new child into the world can be a wonderful experience. For many families in Maryland, this process goes smoothly and medical professionals ensure that mother and baby receive the care and attention they require. Unfortunately, once in a while things go wrong. Some children are born with unpreventable birth defects which can make their lives harder and leave them in need of long-term medical care.

Other children are injured during the birthing process, either through misfortune or negligence. However, as FindLaw explains, determining whether a child's health concerns are the result of a defect or an injury is not always easy to do. Ultimately, the important thing is that the child receives the care and attention it needs to recover from or cope with any complications.

According to estimates, approximately five in every 1,000 babies that are born in the United States will suffer a birth injury. This may result from improper use of equipment such as a vacuum or forceps, or even from inadequate or incorrect medical technique being employed during the birth. Whatever the case, the effects can last a lifetime, as we saw in a previous article.

If you suspect your child has been injured as a result of someone's negligence, you may want to challenge those responsible. In order to prove your case, you may need to show that insufficient medical care or advice was provided during the delivery of your child, or during pregnancy.

Medical professionals are expected to adhere to a certain standard of care. An attorney may be able to help you establish whether this was the case. If malpractice is proven, you may be able to secure compensation for the harm done. Damages will usually be paid to your child, occasionally by way of a trust.

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138 Main Street, Suite 200
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Annapolis, MD 21401

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