A birth injury is an incredibly taxing experience for a new mother or child. The event usually occurs during or after delivery due to oversight or negligence by healthcare staff. A natal injury can refer to harm done to mothers or babies during delivery, not just the newborn as some people are led to believe. In any case, injury to a newly delivered baby can have severe consequences that can last a lifetime such as paralysis.
Following the proper procedural steps following a birth injury is important when considering the future of you and your child. While seeking financial compensation for the injuries may be of lesser priority than the health of the new family, it should be considered when paying for correctional medical care down the line. Contact a Honolulu medical malpractice lawyer today from Kurzban, Kurzban, Tetzeli, and Pratt P.A. for more information regarding natal injuries.
Getting help from one’s spouse or family members will be critical as the new mother recovers from the delivery. With that being said, the family should think critically about the situation. A C-section, for example, is common practice in the world of baby delivery and is not grounds for birth injury claims. On the other hand, it should be recognized if there was the improper treatment given to the newborn and mother pair as the delivery happened. This will begin your investigation into potential baby delivery injuries.
Seeking documentation from the hospital can be extremely helpful in the quest for financial compensation. Although these would be incredibly useful, Hawaiian hospitals are not always so fast to admit wrongdoing for their actions. They oftentimes fear claims or lawsuits that could be filed against them. With that being said, medical documents provided by the hospital may not always tell the whole story.
An additional action one may take is documenting the injuries themselves. Pictures, videos, or note-taking of injuries are very useful in a case of birth injury. If one is able to connect the injuries to a time in which the family was in the hospital, it may prove crucial during the investigation.
It may seem quite difficult to get care for birth injuries as new mothers are not usually immediately discharged from hospitals. Taking the initiative to discuss care options with doctors and medical staff in the hospital could provide life-altering benefits. A baby may need specialist medical support in or out of the current hospital system as a result of brain, nerve, and muscle damage. Any and all suspicions of injuries in mother or child should be brought to the attention of medical staff.
After the health of the new family is in order, reaching out to a Honolulu medical malpractice lawyer could be the difference between hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills and the peace of mind that your family deserves. Hospitals may not be willing to admit wrongdoing and may send you bills that are the result of their own negligent actions.
Our attorneys at Kurzban, Kurzban, Tetzeli, and Pratt P.A. are experienced in medical malpractice law and have dealt with numerous cases of birth injuries in Hawaii for years. They will provide you with consultations, giving you real advice on what legal avenues are available to you. Our “No results, no attorney fee” policy is designed to benefit someone suffering the consequences of medical malpractice. Contact us at 866-377-3676 for trustworthy legal aid.