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Frequently Asked Questions About Birth Injuries
Q: What's the difference between a birth defect and a birth injury?
A: Birth injuries are generally caused by something that went wrong during delivery itself, while birth defects usually involve harm to a baby that arose prior to birth due to something that happened during or before the pregnancy.
Q: What kinds of situations give rise to a lawsuit for birth injuries?
A: Most of these cases occur when a doctor fails to adequately assess or respond to conditions and/or complications during a woman's pregnancy or delivery, or when a woman takes a prescription drug during pregnancy that causes harm to the baby.
An obstetrician's improper use of medical devices (such as forceps or a vacuum) during child delivery can result in an injury to the baby that is legally avoidable under personal injury and medical malpractice laws.
Houston Birth Injury Lawyer
The law firm of Hartley Hampton, P.C. provides experienced representation for women and the families of babies who have suffered injuries during the birth process because of hospital or obstetric malpractice. If you or your baby suffered a brain injury, oxygen depravation, or asphyxia while you were giving birth, or if complications such as cerebral palsy appeared after birth, contact our Houston law offices to schedule a no-cost consultation with attorney Hartley Hampton.
Birth Injuries - An Overview
When having a child, the last thing parents want or need to worry about is the possibility of their baby being harmed during the delivery. While most births go smoothly, some have complications. Birth injuries can range from minor, like bruising, to a life-altering diagnosis of cerebral palsy. If your child was injured at birth, call today to learn more about your legal options. A lawyer experienced in birth injury litigation can help you understand your rights.
Pregnancy Do's and Don'ts
Not all birth injuries or defects can be prevented, but a mother has some power to increase her chance of having a healthy baby. Many birth defects happen very early in pregnancy, sometimes before a woman even knows she is pregnant. If your child was injured at birth, consult an attorney to learn about your rights to compensation.
Responsible Parties in Birth Injury Cases
If your child suffered a birth injury, there are several parties who may be responsible for your child's injuries, including the treating physician, assisting staff and the hospital.
If you or a loved one is pregnant and taking prescription medication, one of the best ways to prevent a birth defect or injury to your baby is to understand the prescription process and prescriptions themselves. Prescription medications can be confusing, dangerous and expensive. If your child was injured at birth, consult an attorney to learn about your rights to compensation.
Cerebral Palsy and Erb's Palsy
Some of the most common birth injuries are two very different conditions known as cerebral palsy and Erb's (or brachial) palsy. Cerebral palsy and Erb's palsy are often the result of complications during child delivery itself, though cerebral palsy can occur before or after delivery.
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