When to Hire a Birth Injury Attorney
Birth injuries are quite common, but many of them heal a few days, weeks, or even months after the damage occurred. However, others are so severe that children never recover from them. Brain damage, for example, is something that can occur during birth because of a lack of sufficient oxygen. The extent of the damage could be so severe that the child will need daily assistance for the rest of his or her life.
When life-altering injuries like this occur, they should never be the result of carelessness or negligence; however, sometimes they are. A doctor or other medical professional should be aware of your health problems and the health problems of the child before the delivery even occurs.
If your doctor failed to do what many other doctors would have done in his or her place, you may be able to sue for medical malpractice. In order to prove medical malpractice occurred, you must show that a healthcare professional who treated you and your child breached the standard of care. A standard of care is the generally accepted procedures and practices used by medical professionals within the same geographic area when treating patients for a particular disease, disorder, or condition. Standard of care will also vary depending on a number of different factors, including such things as age and medical history.
In addition to the breached standard of care, you must also prove that the breach is what led to your child’s injuries. A breach of standard of care can happen at a number of different points during treatment, such as the following:
- Misdiagnosing or failing to diagnose a problem
- Failing to administer treatment properly
- Prescribing the wrong medical for an illness
- Failing to inform a patient about the risks of treatment
If your child was harmed by a doctor’s breach of the standard of care, contact one of our skilled Baltimore birth injury lawyers. Wais, Vogelstein, Forman & Offutt, LLC has more than 100 years of combined legal experience to offer your case. We have helped hundreds of people in Maryland with their medical malpractice cases, and we have recovered more than $500 million in verdicts and settlements for our clients. Let us see what we can do for you and your family.
Contact us at (410) 567-0800 or fill out our online form to schedule a free case consultation with us today.