Was Your Child Injured During Birth? You Have Rights.
Welcoming a new child into the world should be an exciting and joyous occasion. Unfortunately, not all parents are so lucky. If your child injured by the negligent or careless actions of your doctor, you may have come to realize that your child’s life has been forever changed. Birth injuries can have a long-lasting impact on your child, especially when they are permanent in nature, which is why you have the right to seek financial compensation for the wrongdoing that you have suffered.
Get in touch with a Nashville birth injury attorney at Bill Easterly & Associates today to learn more about your legal options, as you may have the right to file a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Understanding the Most Common Types of Birth Injuries
When a child is born, there are a number of precautionary measures that must be taken in order to ensure a safe and healthy delivery. If the attending medical staff fails to follow proper procedure or address potential complications, the results can be devastating. Both the mother and child could be placed at risk if the proper steps are not followed before, during and after the delivery.
Medical negligence can contribute to any the following birth injuries:
- Cerebral palsy
- Erb’s palsy
- Spinal cord damage
- Facial paralysis
- Bone fractures
Apart from the emotional distress that these injuries can cause, it is also possible that they will lead to permanent disabilities and long-term medical expenses. Conditions like cerebral palsy can have lifelong effects on a child, which is why you should learn more about your options for pursuing compensation. You shouldn’t have to suffer the consequences of someone else’s mistakes.
Proving that Your Doctor is Liable for Your Child’s Injuries
Unfortunately, it is not enough to show that your child was injured. You will also need to show that your doctor, or another healthcare professional, contributed to your child’s injuries by failing to provide an acceptable standard of medical care. In order to do so, it is highly recommended that you discuss the facts of your case with an experienced medical malpractice lawyer in Nashville, TN. When you work with our firm, we will work diligently to uncover evidence and establish liability.
Common ways that doctors contribute to birth injuries include:
- Failing to anticipate or address complications during birth
- Failing to look for and respond to signs of fetal distress
- Failing to order an emergency cesarean section (C-section)
- Misusing forceps or a vacuum extractor during delivery
- Failing to look for and respond to umbilical cord problems
How Long Do I Have to File a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?
If you are interested in filing a medical malpractice lawsuit in Tennessee, it is important to understand that you have a limited amount of time in which to do so. The statute of limitations states that you must file your claim within one year of the date that your child was injured or one year of the date that the injury was discovered. For this reason, timely action will be crucial. If you fail to file your case before the statute of limitations expires, you may be left without options.
Trust in a Firm with Several Decades of Legal Experience
Bill Easterly & Associates has been assisting wrongfully injured victims in and around Nashville, TN for more than 25 years combined. Throughout this time, we have managed to recover millions of dollars in compensation for thousands of personal injury clients. If you are ready to find out what our firm can do for you, please do not hesitate to schedule a free case evaluation today.