Issaquah Birth Injury Attorney
Labor and delivery is one of the most challenging and painful experiences that a woman may go through in her life, and when this experience is complicated by negligent or reckless medical professionals, serious birth injuries can occur. If you or your child suffered injuries during the birthing process, you may have a medical malpractice claim for damages, and the knowledgeable Issaquah birth injury attorney at Injury Law Group NW are here to help. Call the office or contact us today to schedule a free consultation of your case now.
Common Types of Birth Injuries
Many birth injuries could be avoided for a mother and child if the doctors, obstetricians, and other healthcare professionals provided a basic standard of care. Some of the common types of medical malpractice birth injuries suffered by mothers during labor and delivery include untreated or undetected preeclampsia, leaving medical tools or supplies in the mother after a cesarean section, uterine rupture, hemorrhaging, internal organ damage, and complications from anesthesia.
Common newborn birth injuries that can lead to medical malpractice claims include the following:
- Cerebral palsy
- Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)
- Perinatal asphyxia
- Spinal cord injuries
- Brachial plexus injuries
- Bone fractures
- Facial paralysis
- Caput succedaneum
- Intracranial hemorrhage, and
Given the severity and lifelong impact of many of these injuries, calculating the correct amount of compensation that will cover a lifetime of costs is critical for victims and their loved ones.
Compensation Considerations for Birth Injuries
Compensation for medical malpractice claims involving birth injuries, especially birth injuries affecting the child, need particular attention to detail and future planning. Damages resulting from a birth injury must take into account all present and future costs that may be incurred by the victim and their family throughout the victim’s lifetime. Economic and noneconomic damages are available for the victim of a birth injury in Washington. Economic damages include all present and future medical bills, disability costs, special education costs, and lost wages. Noneconomic damages compensate for the victim’s pain and suffering, emotional distress, disfigurement, mental anguish and psychological trauma, and loss of enjoyment or quality of life.
How a Lawyer Can Help
After a birth injury, both mother and child need time to recover and assess the extent of the injury. Medical assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation are all immediate necessities, and a lawyer can handle all of the legal aspects of your case so that the focus of the family can remain on the mother and baby’s health. An attorney with experience understands what a birth injury claim is worth and will not let the insurance companies trick a victim into accepting a lesser settlement. If necessary, a lawyer can take the case to court and make the best possible arguments for the case in order to receive the true compensation owed for a birth injury.
Call or Contact Our Office Today
Have you or a loved one suffered a birth injury in the Issaquah area? If so, the compassionate and zealous Issaquah birth injury attorneys at Injury Law Group NW are here to help. Call or contact us today to schedule a case evaluation and learn more.