Many New Mexico parents-to-be look forward to the birth of their child right from the moment they learn they are expecting. Most pregnancies proceed with few complications. Yet even a healthy pregnancy can end with a birth injury when medical errors occur during delivery.
A birth injury is one that occurs during the delivery process. It is not the same as a birth defect; a prior post on this personal injury law blog discusses the differences between birth injuries and birth defects. Birth injuries are often preventable and are often the result of hospital or doctor error.
A birth injury can be minor, such as a bruise or cut sustained during a challenging birth, but it can also be much more serious. Brain damage, spinal cord damage, and even death can result to an infant when a medical provider fails to adhere to the accepted standard of care in their field. A serious birth injury can leave a child with a long-term injury that affects him or her for life.
At the Jaffe Law Firm, our lawyers know that a serious birth injury is traumatic for the child as well as the parents. It can saddle a family with financial and emotional burdens that they will have to manage for the rest of the child’s life. For those who have a child suffering from birth injury-related complications, help is available. Our lawyers can help you evaluate your case and determine whether your child may be entitled to recover damages through medical malpractice litigation.