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How Can I Tell if My Child's Injury Was Caused by Malpractice?

Our birth injury attorneys explain what to look for, how we can help

If your child was born with a birth injury, you probably have a lot of important questions. How could this happen? What went wrong? What should I do now? Another common question we often hear at Jeffrey M. Goldberg Law Offices, P.C. - how can I tell if my child's injury was caused by malpractice?

Finding the answer can often be much more complicated than many people think. That's because there's a lot at stake depending on the circumstances surrounding your child's injury. That's why we want to meet with you.

Our attorneys can explain all the legal options available to you. We can then advise you on which approach makes the most sense for your specific situation. We have over 40 years of experience handling such complex cases. We understand how the legal system works and know what needs to be done to produce positive case results.

Warning signs of malpractice

Once it is determined that your child has a serious medical condition, the first thing to consider is the timing of the symptoms. If your child's injury was the result of some kind of birth trauma, the symptoms often begin soon after birth. But in some cases, it may take weeks, months or even years before any warning signs appear.

Was a medical professional at fault for your child's condition?

We have more than 40 years of experience. With a legal nurse consultant on staff and a remarkable track record of successful case results, we can help you determine whether your child's cerebral palsy was due to a mistake, misdiagnosis, lack of oxygen or other type of medical malpractice. Give us a call today to discuss your specific case and potential legal options in a free initial consultation.

When considering your situation, ask yourself:

  • What was your child's behavior at birth? Was your child subdued and quiet immediately or active and crying? High levels of emotional turmoil and corresponding crying is a sign of a healthy baby at birth. Conversely, when a child is quiet and not crying immediately after birth, it can mean infant brain damage, birth defects or other problems resulting from a mistake or malpractice on the part of the medical team involved in the birth.
  • What was your child's appearance at birth? In many cases involving serious birth trauma, the evidence becomes clear immediately in the child's appearance. Was your child an odd color at birth, or were there other signs of physical distress at birth? This might be a sign that serious injuries occurred at childbirth which could have resulted in cerebral palsy or another medical condition.
  • Is your child developing slowly? Developmental delays - such as taking longer to learn how to walk or talk - may be a sign that your child has a brain injury caused by mistakes made during pregnancy or the child's delivery.

As a general rule of thumb, we look first to whether there were serious signs of distress at birth to begin the determination that some medical negligence might have been involved. However, there are many nuances involved. That's why it's important to talk to our experienced legal team as soon as possible to determine whether you have a claim.

Common causes of birth injuries

Birth injuries due to malpractice occur for many different reasons. Some of the most common causes of birth injuries include:

  • Misdiagnosis of medical issues during pregnancy.
  • Delay of diagnosis of medical issues during pregnancy.
  • Misuse of medical instruments during delivery.
  • Mistakes made by inexperienced medical professionals.
  • Delay of treatment of medical issues before, during or after delivery.

Medical professionals undergo years of rigorous training in order to make sure your baby is born healthy and injury free. But mistakes often occur. And when they do, medical professionals need to be held accountable for their actions. That's why you need our legal team on your side, fighting for your rights.

Your family's rights matter here

Don't simply take the word of doctors that they did nothing wrong. If you suspect that medical professionals caused your child's birth injury due to their negligence or reckless actions, contact us. We can answer your questions and discuss the merits of your potential legal case with you.

As your attorney, we can carefully investigate your claim and determine whether your child's birth injury constitutes medical malpractice. If so, we can demand the financial compensation your family deserves from the parties responsible for your child's injury. And if they refuse to cooperate, we're prepared to take them to court.

Put your trust in a law firm that puts your family's needs first. Call us at 800-564-1707 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your free initial consultation today.

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Chicago, IL 60602
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Milwaukee, WI 53202
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