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What steps do I need to take to bring a birth injury lawsuit?

One of the most devastating types of medical malpractice is when a health care providers’ mistake leads to a birth injury. Some birth injuries may be mild, and significant improvement may be obtained with therapy and medical intervention. However, other types such as serious brain injuries may cause irreparable harm, necessitating a life time of care. Where a medical mistake harms your child and causes a birth injury, it may be possible and advisable to file a birth injury lawsuit. By filing a claim for relief, you may be able to obtain the compensation necessary to provide medical care for your loved one.

The first step if you believe your child’s injury was the result of a medical error is to speak to a California birth injury lawyer. An attorney can work with you to obtain the necessary medical records and begin a review into the facts and circumstances surrounding the mother and child’s care. In some instances birth injuries occur due to negligent pre-natal care. Other times harm may occur during the labor and delivery process – such as when hospital staff pull too hard when shoulder dystocia occurs – leading to a brachial plexus injury – or when staff fails to act quickly when an infant shows signs of fetal distress – and the child suffers an hypoxic brain injury.

An attorney can begin the review process and work with experts to determine whether a birth injury occurred as the result of medical negligence and a breach of the standard of care. While filing a lawsuit may not be able to reverse the damage incurred due to negligence, you may be able to recover the resources necessary to provide the best possible care for your child.

For more information, please contact the experienced California birth injury lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson for an immediate consultation.

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