During childbirth, you expect the healthcare professionals taking care of you and your new child to act in your best interest. When that doesn’t happen, you deserve compensation. Turn to a birth injury attorney for help.

Birth injuries are among the most traumatic types of accidents. In addition to the possibility of losing your life or that of your newborn, you could face long-term injuries that require ongoing medical care. In addition to that, of course, you face the emotional trauma of the injury.

If you or your child has been injured during childbirth, you need a birth injury lawyer to represent you as you seek compensation. Craig Swapp & Associates can make sure you get what you’re owed after your birth injury.

Did Your Injuries Start During Pregnancy?

Birth injuries often begin during pregnancy. If the mother does not receive proper prenatal care, a physician misdiagnoses a condition, or the baby is not monitored like he or she should be, complications that result in injuries can quickly form.

For example, it is important that a baby’s heartbeat is monitored at every appointment. If the heartbeat is too slow or too fast, the baby may be in distress and need to be treated in the womb or delivered.

If the baby’s heart isn’t monitored and the baby is allowed to remain in distress, it can lead to long-term health problems or even death. In this case, the doctor treating the pregnant mother could be to blame.

A birth injury attorney can evaluate what happened and determine whether a claim against the doctor is likely to be successful.

Delivering a Baby Can Be Dangerous

The delivery can be dangerous for you and your baby, making it critical that you both receive the best possible medical care. The following are some common injuries that occur during birth:

  • Brachial palsy
  • Bone fractures
  • Bruising or damage caused by forceps
  • Hemorrhaging
  • Facial paralysis
  • Vaginal tearing
  • Death from anesthesia

All these birth injuries require treatment that can rapidly become expensive. Hiring a birth injury attorney can make it possible to recover essential financial compensation.

Who’s to Blame?

Your lawyer can investigate what caused your birth injury to determine who is responsible. This is a critical step in any accident case because someone else must be to blame for you to file a lawsuit and receive financial compensation.

Being injured is not enough to prove negligence. For a successful claim, the following must be demonstrated:

  • Where and when the injury occurred
  • Who caused the injury
  • The doctor or hospital did not meet the proper standard of care

The third requirement is important because children are sometimes born with disabilities. This is not necessarily the fault of a physician. However, if a physician, hospital, or staff member did not meet the standard of care that would be expected from someone in their position, that party could be held responsible for the long-term effects that occurred as a result.

You Can Get More for Your Claim

Hiring a lawyer is the best way to maximize the value of your injury claim. Negligence can be difficult to prove in birth injury cases, so it’s important to have an attorney advocating for you and your family.

Your birth injury attorney may pursue compensation on your behalf for the following damages:

  • Medical bills
  • Therapy
  • Scarring or disfigurement
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional trauma
  • Wrongful death

Speak with a Birth Injury Attorney

Birth injuries can devastating. If you’ve been the victim of one, you deserve compensation, and the attorneys at Craig Swapp & Associates are ready to help you get it.

To speak with a birth injury lawyer about your case, complete the form below or call 1-800-404-9000.