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How to identify birth injury medical malpractice

On Behalf of | Feb 26, 2024 | Birth Injuries

The birth of your child should be a time filled with joy and excitement. All too often, though, babies are born with serious injuries that threaten to disrupt their ability to live a normal life. But determining whether those injuries were the result of medical malpractice can be tough to figure out. That’s why we want to key you into some signs that your child’s birth injuries were avoidable. If they were, then you’ll want to fully assess if taking legal action is warranted.

Signs that a birth injury is the result of medical malpractice

Your child might exhibit concerning signs after birth. The following may be indicative that they’ve suffered an injury that could’ve been caused by medical negligence:

  • Bruising on the child’s face, neck or shoulders
  • Concerning floppiness
  • Seizures
  • Swelling of the head or neck
  • Difficulty breathing in the moments after birth
  • The need for resuscitation

But some birth injuries may not immediately present themselves. For example, your child may fail to meet key developmental milestones, including struggling to walk and talk. Your child might also exhibit difficulty with basic movement, swallowing, and coordinating their extremities. These symptoms could be a sign of a more significant medical condition, like cerebral palsy, that was caused by an error made at birth.

Are you ready to take legal action for your child’s birth injury?

If you are, then now is the time to start gathering as much evidence as possible. Secure your child’s medical records, talk to a new medical team about your child’s injuries, and read up on the common causes of your child’s condition. By doing so, you’ll lay the foundation for your medical malpractice case, which, if successful, could allow you to recover the compensation necessary to provide your child with the care they need.