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A “birth injury” is defined as any damage done to the tissues and organs of a child as the result of complications during childbirth. These birth injuries can also be the result of a poor decision made by a doctor or other health care provider during delivery. Some of these poor decisions include: failing to detect an umbilical cord wrapped around the baby’s neck, unreasonable delay in performing an emergency Caesarean section, and misdiagnosis of conditions during pregnancy. Often, injuries during birth cause life-long disabilities, both mental and physical, that can have profound impacts on the families who have to care for the child.
Birth injury is a form of medical malpractice, so doctor negligence needs to be proved in order to make a claim. Doctors make tough judgment calls every day, and, unfortunately, a doctor does not hold liability for every bad outcome that occurs on his or her watch. This is one reason birth injury cases, like all medical malpractice cases, can be so difficult. These cases require proof that the doctor made a mistake that another doctor in the same situation would not have made. In most birth injury cases the hospital will do anything they can to prove that the mistake that caused a birth injury is excusable.
It is not uncommon for a birth injury to result in a life-long disability for the child. These disabilities often mean increased medical expenses for rehabilitation, special care and special equipment for the child, and caring for a child with a disability can be mentally taxing for family members as well. If your child has suffered from an injury caused at birth, the birth injury lawyers at Cohen & Cohen, P.C. are here to help you. Our birth injury attorneys have decades of experience litigating birth injury and other medical malpractice cases. We know that these large, complex, often difficult cases are built on facts – facts that prove a doctor or other health care provider violated the standard of care. If your child has suffered an injury during birth that has caused any temporary or permanent damage, do not hesitate to contact us. Our Washington, DC birth injury lawyers are dedicated, willing and able to take on the tough fights against insurance companies, hospitals, and negligent treatment providers to help get you the resources you need to cover the years of special treatment for your injured child.