A newborn child is so tiny and precious. With all of the advances in modern medicine today, infant mortality and injury is down to a small percentage in the U.S. However, because of the inherently dangerous act of giving birth, birth injuries still happen. Some of these injuries are not avoidable, simply something unavoidable went wrong during the birth that caused the injury. But, these injuries are avoidable when a Pennsylvanian child is in the care of a doctor or hospital staff member.
If one suspects that their child's birth injury was avoidable under doctor or hospital care, they may consider a medical malpractice lawsuit. Medical malpractice is a general term for a case in which a doctor, hospital or related third-party is accused of negligence at a time in which they had a duty of care, breached that duty and it resulted in injury. With an injury as serious and as early in life as a birth injury can be, the resounding affects are almost always significant and life-long.
With a life-long birth injury comes the resulting medical expenses and, oftentimes, the necessary rehabilitation bills that can be a positive influence on a child's overall quality of life.
Therapy has proven to be the difference maker in the lifelong abilities an injured child can master. Insurance, these days, is not a guarantee of financial coverage or these expenses. This is where a personal injury lawsuit can fill in the gaps.
No one plans for their child to experience a birth injury that can affect the rest of their life. Coping with this reality is one of the toughest aspects of this situation. Once a parent wraps their head around the potential consequence, they often look to the future. The future can look drastically different with a positive medical malpractice lawsuit outcome.
Source: Injury.FindLaw.com, "Birth Injury FAQ," accessed on Aug. 15, 2016