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Birth Injuries

If you believe your child is the victim of birth injuries and want to find answers, this will point you in the right direction and arm you with the required information to choose a path with confidence. Having a child is one of the most wonderful milestones you could hope to reach in life. Many children are born in the area hospitals around Seattle, Kirkland, Olympia, and Bellingham, including, but not limited to, Swedish Hospital and Harborview.

Sadly, birth injuries can turn a wonderful moment upside down. They can cause short- or long-term damage that can impact you and your child forever, and paying the medical bills is another challenge you must overcome. This guide explores birth injuries and their causes as well as the red flags for which to look. As you move forward, you will also discover the steps you need to take to find out whether or not you have a medical malpractice case.

Causes of Birth Injuries

Learning the most common causes of birth injuries provides you with valuable insights you can use to decide how to move forward. Although nothing can remove the pain of seeing your child face this difficult situation, getting answers lets you choose where to turn and how to respond.

Birth complications that cause oxygen deprivation are some of the most common threats that lead to problems in a child's development. A mother who has infections or other health concerns can increase a child's odds of facing birth injuries. In addition to the natural and unavoidable causes, medical negligence can also put your child's health on the line.

The Standard of Care

When it comes to taking care of patients and performing their duties, medical experts must meet the standard of care. The standard of care is the type of care a reasonable professional would use to handle certain situations and medical concerns. Doctors and nurses must only provide the level of care covered during their education and training.

Doctors who try to perform procedures without having the right training are stepping outside the standard of care. Also, failing to provide the medical care for which they are qualified constitutes malpractice. Doctors and other medical staff place the lives of countless people in their hands throughout their careers. Since one mistake can cause someone to face lasting injuries or death, the law holds medical professionals to a high standard.

Spotting Birth Injuries

Learning to spot the symptoms of a birth injury is vital if you want to protect your child and seek fair compensation. You will then be able to respond quickly enough to prevent further damage and to move your case forward. While some symptoms are easy to spot when you know the red flags, others are difficult to detect. In mild cases of birth injury, the child will only have short-term problems and recover later in life. On the other hand, some birth injuries are so severe that they impact children for the rest of their lives.

Short-Term Symptoms

This section explores the short-term symptoms that are visible right after the birth of the child, and you must take fast action to minimize the threat. Some injuries can result in breathlessness that leads to brain damage unless a doctor spots and addresses the situation in time. Some children will display excessive drooling, and you don't want to overlook this warning sign. Lethargy, extreme agitation and nausea are additional signs that should alert your health care provider that something is out of place. Speak up if you notice these problems before the nurse or doctor does, and you could save your child's life.

Long-Term Symptoms

While some symptoms appear shortly after the injury takes place, others can remain dormant for months or years before the warning signs make themselves known. As your child gets a little older, you could notice problems in motor skill and problem-solving development, and the issue often becomes progressively apparent as time passes. The long-term impact of birth injuries can make it difficult for children to complete potty training and learn how to talk.

Children impacted by these issues can have trouble reaching developmental milestones for their age, and some of them even have a hard time learning to hold and use forks and spoons. Birth injuries that cause head trauma or oxygen deprivation can increase your child's risk of developing cerebral palsy, a condition that causes physical and mental developmental challenges.

Medical Malpractice Time Limits

Some people wait a little too long to file their lawsuit and are unable to move forward as a result. You must move quickly when you want to seek fair compensation because time is not on your side. Washington places a three-year statute of limitations on personal injury lawsuits caused by medical malpractice. In most cases, you lose your right to seek compensation if you allow the time limit to expire, but the situation changes a bit when children are involved. Even if more than three years have passed, children can still file a lawsuit within one year of their 18th birthday.

Proving Your Case

Learning the steps the law requires you to take to prove your case helps you decide if you are on the correct path for your situation. If you go to trial, you must prove beyond a preponderance of a doubt that your medical professionals acted outside the standard of care and that the deviation caused your child's birth injuries.

You can start by gathering medical reports, witness statements and other evidence that proves the way the medical staff handled the birth of your child. You can then boost your results even more by having an expert witness take the stand. In this situation, an expert witness is someone in the medical field who can point out the mistakes made by your doctor or nurse.

How The Jackman Law Firm can Help

The complex and challenging legal landscape is all but impossible to manage on your own unless you have years of education and experience. If you want to get justice for your child and the required compensation to cover your child's medical bills, you need a qualified medical malpractice attorney in your corner.

We will look at the evidence and help you decide the strength of your case so that you can make the right choice for you and your child. If you have questions or would like to learn more about us and how we can help, pick up your phone and give us a call today. The Jackman Law Firm can help you recover the following for your child’s birth injury case:

  • Money for medical bills
  • Money for pain and suffering
  • Money for future medical care
  • Money for out of pocket expenses
  • Money for lost income your child may lose out on in the future

The Jackman Law Firm can also help prove your case by showing how the doctor or hospital made a mistake in the medical care they provided to your child. This may not be easy to do and will require us hiring the appropriate medical experts to prove your case. We have helped many families in similar situations, however, and we have the know-how to help you during this incredibly difficult time.

Call The Jackman Law Firm for a free consultation to discuss your case.

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