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Medical Malpractice: Birth Injuries in Connecticut

If you’re a new parent, two of the most frightening words you can possibly hear are “birth injury.” After months of anticipating the day of your baby’s birth as one of the happiest experiences of your life, there is nothing that can describe the heartache, fear, and grief of learning that some sort of medical mistake was made during the pregnancy, labor or delivery that has caused harm or pain to your child.

It is an unfortunate fact of life that every year thousands of newborns are impacted healthcare personnel errors. In the best situations these mistakes are minor and the child goes on to live a normal, healthy life, but in other instances the victims are impacted forever. When this is the case, you need the help of a knowledgeable medical malpractice attorney with experience representing those affected by birth injuries. The attorneys at Perkins Law can help.

There are a number of specific birth injuries that commonly occur as a result of medical malpractice. Some of these occur as a result of mistakes that are made in prenatal care or during labor and delivery, while others are neonatal injuries that occur after birth. At all times, medical professionals are expected to provide a reasonable standard of care and attention in order to prevent injuries from happening, and failure to do so often constitutes medical malpractice.

Among the birth injuries that are most frequently seen are cerebral palsy and Erb’s palsy. Though many people are under the mistaken impression that cerebral palsy is a disease, it is actually a form of brain damage that is generally caused by a physical injury to the head or a lack of oxygen, and which often represents something going wrong during the birth. Erb’s palsy is also common during difficult childbirths. It is the result of an injury to the nerves of the shoulder, and results in a paralysis of the arm that, though generally temporary, can require costly and painful intervention.

When your child has been the victim of a birth injury, it is important that you have a highly skilled attorney representing you in this complex area of law. In addition to having extensive experience, your lawyer must be able to understand the medical records involved, and know what they are looking for in the evidence supporting your case against the physician, health care worker or facility responsible for the injury. At Perkins Law, our resources include an extensive network of medical experts who can not only provide us with their opinion about the injury and its causes, but who can also provide us with essential information about what your child will need in the future, and what the costs will be. With this information we are able to comprehensively present your child’s case so that all damages past, present and future will be addressed.