The birth of a child should be one of the happiest days of a parent’s life. Unfortunately for many, the birth of their baby doesn’t always go as they had planned. Birth injuries due to neglect from medical staff can cause significant harm to a baby that can continue to affect them for their entire life, such as cerebral palsy. As parents, you may not know how to react to your child’s birth injury. During your child’s birth, you expect your doctors and their staff to do everything in their power to keep your baby safe. Knowing that your child suffered an injury is difficult enough, having it be caused by someone you trusted the most can make the situation even harder to deal with.
If your child has a birth injury due to someone else’s negligence, there are steps you can take to get justice. For families in Allentown, the Latona Law team specializes in birth injury lawsuits to help you hold the medical staff responsible.
How Can You Tell If a Birth Injury Occurred?
Births are often traumatic for infants, and they often get bruised or scraped during it. These types of injuries can heal on their own and are common, but not necessarily a birth injury. Many parents might not even realize that their child has a birth injury. For some birth injuries, symptoms aren’t apparent until a child is older and begins to show development issues. Learning years later that your child has a birth injury can be distressing, but you’re still able to seek help from an attorney. In the state of Pennsylvania, you can file a birth injury lawsuit up until your child’s 20th birthday.
Many symptoms that you might see soon after your child’s birth could be mistaken for other health problems unrelated to birth injuries. Because of this, you might see that something is wrong, but not realize why it’s happening. This can be a stressful and confusing time for many parents. It also makes it harder for you to get the appropriate help for your child.
Assessing whether your child has a birth injury that could have been prevented or another health concern can be difficult. Even if you suspect that your child sustained injuries caused by a medical professional, gathering the information to prove it is challenging. Proving whether or not your child’s birth injury was caused by medical malpractice requires the assistance of trained professionals. This makes it necessary for you to get in contact with a birth injury lawyer as soon as you suspect that something is wrong.
What Can a Birth Injury Lawsuit Do?
Raising a child who has suffered from a birth injury can be extremely difficult for families. In addition to your pain caused by a medical professional’s mistake, it’s also a huge expense. The medical treatment, education, and additional care that your child might require for a lifetime are much more than most families take on. You or a spouse might also have to miss work to care for your child and lose wages due to it.
A birth injury lawsuit can help regain some of what you’ve lost due to someone else’s neglect. While nothing will reverse what you’ve experienced in this process, a lawsuit may help you and your family get justice. This can also help you receive financial compensation for the damages you’ve faced due to a birth injury.
A birth injury lawsuit may allow you to receive compensation for:
- Emotional pain and suffering
- Physical pain
- Medical expenses
- Decreased quality of life
- Additional care, such as special education and therapy
- Lost wages
Hiring a Birth Injury Lawyer.
Birth injury lawsuits are incredibly complex, so it’s important that you choose the right lawyer to work with. Your lawyer should specialize in birth injuries so that you know they’re qualified to be handling your case. They should also have a good track record of working with birth injury lawsuits so that your case has the best chances of winning.
At Latona Law, we focus solely on medical malpractice lawsuits, including birth injuries. With over 30 years of practicing law in Pennsylvania, Latona Law is prepared to help you get restitution. We offer a free consultation that can determine whether or not you have a viable birth injury lawsuit. Understanding the costs that come with your child’s birth injury, we work on contingency fees. This way, you don’t have to pay anything until we win your case.
If you suspect that your child has suffered a birth injury, contact us to learn more about what your legal options are.