The First 4 Things You Should Do If You Suspect Your Child Has Suffered a Birth Injury
An injury to a child is a difficult thing for a parent. If there's suspicion that the injury was caused during birth and may have been the fault of the doctor, it's important to take action quickly. Here are four things you should do if you suspect that your child has suffered a birth injury(1):
1. Ask for an Explanation of the InjuryIf you suspect a birth injury, the first thing that you should do is ask your doctor about it. A doctor has a legal and a moral obligation to present you with an explanation of any medical complications that occurred during birth, as well as any complications that your child is currently suffering. You have the right to receive a true and honest answer from your doctor. If the doctor does not seem to be telling the truth, get a second medical opinion from another doctor as soon as possible.
2. Start Keeping Thorough DocumentationThe second thing that you should do is to begin the process of documenting the injury. The documentation process may involve taking photographs of the injury, receiving and keeping notes regarding a doctor's professional medical opinion, keeping record of all medical bills and appointments, and documenting your child's symptoms. This documentation will be essential later on, especially if you decide to pursue a medical malpractice case against the doctor because you believe that the birth injury was caused by negligence.
3. Contact the Medical Board in Your StateIf you believe that not only has your child suffered a birth injury, but that the injury was caused due to a medical error, you should contact the medical board(2) in your state as soon as possible. The medical board in the state in which you live is responsible for investigating any suggestions that malpractice has occurred, and may be a key part of your claim. In the event that malpractice is discovered, you can use this as evidence in your malpractice claim. Further, the board will often take action against a doctor guilty of malpractice, which can help to prevent further errors leading to birth injuries from occurring in the future.
4. Contact a Birth Injury LawyerDepending upon the severity of the birth injury that your child has suffered and the degree of malpractice(3), contacting a Philadelphia birth injury attorney may be the first thing that you want to do. A medical malpractice lawyer can aid you in conducting an investigation, and can recruit medical experts who can not only speak to your baby's injuries and the occurrence of malpractice, but can also testify on your and your child's behalf as well. The main job of a birth injury or medical malpractice attorney is to improve your family's chances of recovering the compensation that you deserve.