OKC Birth Injury Lawyers
Birth Injury FAQs
Doctors and other medical professionals are responsible for our well-being when we are at our most vulnerable. Expectant mothers especially should not have to worry about the well-being of their children before they are even born. It is unfortunate that birth injuries occur so frequently across the country, and even more unfortunate that many mothers and newborns are placed in situations where they may suffer severe negative impacts.
Q: What is birth injury?
A: Any type of trauma suffered by a newborn during childbirth is classified as a birth injury. According to The Journal of the American Medical Association, "Birth injury may occur in any type of delivery.[and] it is very essential, therefore, that a careful explanation be given to parents, and the most valuable explanation, of course, comes from the consultant who is not present at the birth. This consultant is most often the pediatrician."
Q: Our family has been the victim of birth injury. What do we do?
A: First things first, it is imperative that you seek the advice of other medical professionals to determine the best method of treatment for your child's birth injury. After that, you should retain the services of an experienced personal injury lawyer who will examine the circumstances surrounding the birth of your child, get the advice of experts and other medical professionals as needed, and logically determine whether or not there was any amount of negligence involved in causing your newborn's birth injury.
Q: How does a birth injury happen?
A: Birth injuries may occur in a variety of ways. If an expectant mother is not given the proper pre-natal care by her physician, and all obligatory precautions to ensure the safest possible delivery are not implemented, her physician's care can be deemed negligent. If the physician prescribes the incorrect type of pre-natal medication, or an incorrect dosage of a particular type of medication is prescribed to the expectant mother, the physician can be held liable for damages resulting from the negligence.
During childbirth, if a child is not delivered quickly, they are at risk of injury. For example, if a cesarean section is required, then it should be properly and quickly performed to prevent harm to both the mother and the child. However, if the cesarean section is not absolutely essential in preventing harm, then a physician should not perform such a procedure. Ultimately, when a physician fails to provide necessary and proper care to an expectant mother during childbirth, the medical professional can be deemed negligent and therefore should be held accountable for their actions.
If you are the parent of a child who has recently suffered from a birth injury, it is crucial that you contact an Oklahoma birth injury lawyer that is familiar with medical malpractice and birth injury. At Maples Law Firm, our skilled Oklahoma birth injury attorneys have years of experience and will fight for your rights. Please contact us today for a free consultation.
Call us toll-free any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at (888) 226-6159. If you are from Oklahoma City, you can also call (405) 551-8864.
We also have a personal injury intake form that you can fill out. Our lawyers and staff return all correspondence quickly.