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According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), birth injury is the impairment of the infant’s body function or structure due to adverse influences that occurred at birth. This can also be used interchangeably with birth trauma, which is defined as a physical injury sustained by an infant in the process of birth.
Birth injury causes generally fall into two camps: those caused by physical trauma and those caused by oxygen deprivation. While birth injuries have a variety of causes that vary drastically from case to case, they typically all have one thing in common: they began with a childbirth complication that was mismanaged or handled improperly. We’ve listed some commonly cited birth injury causes below:
This is not a comprehensive list, and any one of these factors on their own does not guarantee a birth injury outcome. It is the mismanagement of these types of conditions that can lead to an injury, and an injury during childbirth can lead to serious medical conditions, permanent disabilities, and disfigurement.
In some cases, an injury during childbirth does not cause any lasting damage. Other times, the injury leads to a permanent injury with lifelong consequences – physical, emotional, and financial. Some of those conditions include:
These and other conditions resulting from birth injuries can impose a financial burden that most families cannot afford on their own. By way of a birth injury lawsuit against the negligent party, the family could pursue financial compensation to cover injury-related expenses.
If something goes wrong during childbirth, and you or your child are injured, you may have legal grounds to file a claim to sue the doctor, hospital, or healthcare organization responsible for that harm. Who to sue varies from case to case, and is best determined by an attorney experienced in this area of litigation.
“Birth injury” and “birth defect” are commonly confused terms. While they can produce similar outcomes, they differ in substance. As we explained, a birth injury is trauma suffered by an infant during childbirth. Birth defect describes a physical or chemical defect present at birth, and is usually either inherited genetically or induced by environmental factors. There is not usually a legal cause of action in birth defect cases, unless the environmental cause is something like a dangerous pharmaceutical, which is a different type of litigation entirely.
One phrase you will hear often in birth injury litigation is “the standard of care for physicians.” This simply means that the physician breached a duty of care. It is conduct that misses the mark of acceptable medical care as set by the medical community at large. In birth injury trials, one thing the jury will decide is whether the physician or hospital’s conduct was reasonable given the customary practice among other physicians and hospitals.
In Texas, the statute of limitations in many civil injury cases is two years (from the date of injury, date injury was discovered, or from the date of death). Application of the limitations statute for bringing lawsuits is complex and best evaluated by an attorney familiar with civil trial law. For the most accurate determination of how long an individual has before their ability to bring a civil action expires, contact an attorney at Aldous \ Walker, LLP.
According to the National Vital Statistics Reports, a division of the CDC, Texas does not specifically report on birth injuries. These data reflect birth injury statistics on a national scale, or general childbirth data from the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Aldous \ Walker, LLP represents those harmed by the negligence or wrongdoing of others. If this describes what happened to you, we invite you to contact our Dallas birth injury lawyers for a free evaluation of your legal rights and options! We’ve handled birth injury cases successfully, and are experienced in medical negligence cases.
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