Murrieta Birth Injuries Attorney
Medical professionals should be held liable for birth injuries, but these claims can get complicated quickly.
The day a family welcomes a new baby to the world is a joyous one. In, Murrieta most births are successful, but the labor and delivery room runs at a rapid pace. Sometimes, things happen that can place a mother’s or baby’s health in jeopardy. The healthcare team in the room is responsible for reacting quickly and appropriately so they can deliver the best care to the mother and infant. When any healthcare professional fails to do this, it is considered negligence and they can be held liable for resulting damages.
Birth injuries are considered a form of medical malpractice, which are some of the most complicated personal injury claims to file. To ensure you and your family recover the full compensation you deserve, you should speak to a Murrieta birth injury lawyer right away.
Common Types of Birth Injuries
Birth injuries refer to any time a healthcare professional is negligent and that negligence results in harm to either the mother or the baby. Negligence in the labor and delivery room can result in the mother bleeding excessively, or an infant sustaining injuries during the birth. Some of the most common birth injuries are as follows:
- Hypoxia, when the infant’s brain is deprived of oxygen
- Cerebral palsy
- Erb’s palsy
- Brachial plexus injuries
- Shoulder dystocia
- Broken bones
- Caesarean birth injuries
- Maternal or infant infections
When any of the above birth injuries occur, or any others, it is medical malpractice and healthcare professionals can be held liable for paying damages associated with the injury.
There is a Time Limit for Birth Injury Claims in Murrieta
All personal injury claims in Murrieta have a statute of limitations, or a time limit, and that includes birth injury claims. However, one element of medical malpractice claims that makes them so complex is the statute of limitations that governs them.
If the healthcare professional that was negligent works for a public healthcare provider or a county hospital, parents have only six months to send notice to the medical provider that they intend to file a claim. When the healthcare professional did not work for a public provider, parents may have only one year to up to three years from the date of the injury to file a complaint, depending on the circumstances.
California is a unique state in many ways and one of these is that children can file a wrongful life lawsuit of their own. Due to the fact that minors do not have the capacity to file a lawsuit, children must file these after their 18th birthday, when they are no longer considered a minor.
Our Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Murrieta are Experienced with Complex Claims
Medical malpractice claims are extremely complicated, and you should never file one on your own. At Gibbs & Fuerst, LLP, our Murrieta medical malpractice lawyers have the necessary experience with these claims that can help you secure the damages you deserve. We will fully investigate the circumstances surrounding your case, determine liability, and hold the healthcare professional, and their insurance company, accountable for paying a full settlement. Call us today at 951-397-0928 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.