Birth Trauma FAQ
What constitutes a birth trauma?
A birth trauma is an injury that occurs to an infant during birth. Often birth trauma occurs because of improper use of medical devices (for example, forceps or vacuums) or the failure to adequately monitor the babyâ€™s health leading to a restriction in oxygen or blood flow. These injuries include any injuries that the infant might sustain during its delivery and birth. Birth traumas can result in injuries ranging from bruises or cuts to long-term disabilities such as brain injuries, cerebral palsy, intellectual and developmental disabilities, autism or epilepsy.
Am I eligible for compensation if my baby is injured in the birthing process?
Yes, you and your baby may be eligible for compensation through a personal injury lawsuit if your baby was injured because of a birth trauma.
What will a lawyer consider to decide if my birth trauma case is eligible for compensation?
The lawyer will first focus on investigating how and why the birth trauma occurred. Once these questions have been answered he will be able to advise parents if legal action is appropriate.