Around 30,000 babies are born in the U.S. each year with some form of birth injury. A birth injury refers to any physical harm or damage sustained by a newborn baby before, during, or shortly after the process of childbirth. These injuries can occur due to a variety of factors and may range from mild to severe. It’s important to differentiate birth defects from birth injuries, which are typically congenital conditions that occur before birth.
Birth injuries can be devastating for several reasons, including decreased quality of life and the emotional and psychological toll they can take on both the affected child and their family. Birth injuries can lead to physical impairments such as cerebral palsy, brachial plexus injuries, fractures, or other musculoskeletal problems. These impairments may affect the child’s mobility, coordination, and overall physical function. Other consequences may include neurological impairment, cognitive and behavioral challenges, and/or speech and language impairments.
While some birth injuries may be mild and manageable with appropriate medical care and interventions, early detection and intervention is important for mitigating the impacts. Families facing these challenges often benefit from a multidisciplinary approach involving medical professionals, therapists, educators, and support services to address the complex needs of the child and the family.
If your child has been impacted by a birth injury caused by a preventable error, you may be struggling with the emotional and financial weight of the situation. You do not have to navigate this overwhelming time alone; contact an experienced birth injury attorney to discuss your legal rights.
Birth injuries can occur for various reasons, and they may result from a combination of factors.
Some birth injuries are caused by negligent care, including:
Birth injuries may also occur for a variety of other reasons despite good medical care:
It’s important to emphasize that each birth and each birth injury case is unique. The causes of birth injuries can be complex and multifactorial. Most medical professionals aim to provide the best care possible to ensure the health and safety of both the mother and the baby. When birth injuries do occur, thorough investigations are often needed to determine the specific factors contributing to the injury. A birth injury lawyer is crucial to help represent your interests during this phase and through a potential birth injury lawsuit.
The Seattle Personal Injury Lawyers You Want on Your Side
The personal injury attorneys at Tinker Law Firm have been winning birth injury, medical malpractice, and personal injury cases for individuals and their loved ones in Seattle and across Washington State since 1974. We seek justice for injury victims who have been harmed by preventable medical errors, and the negligent or abusive actions of another. Our clients pay no fees or expenses to file a personal injury claim; our firm advances out-of-pocket expenses and is only reimbursed when we recover a settlement on your behalf. Do not delay; personal injury claims in Washington State have a statute of limitations, which means they must be filed within a certain time from the date of the injury.
Call us now at 206-842-1000 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with one of our skilled and experienced injury attorneys.