In most cases, the birth of a child is a joyous occasion that families savor. Unfortunately, certain errors committed during childbirth frequently result in newborns being born with serious injuries.
In many cases, these children can face entire lifetimes of challenges. If the injury was the result of a medical professional’s negligence, the victim and his or her family could be entitled to compensation.
The Nye Law Group handles various kinds of birth injury claims for client all over South Carolina. Our firm fights to hold negligent parties accountable.
Causes of Birth Injuries in South Carolina
A birth injury could be the result of any one of many possible actions that were taken before or during delivery. Many cases require some extensive investigations to uncover the actual causes.
When negligence is discovered, some of the most common examples involved in birth injury claims include, but are not limited to:
- Forceps delivery errors
- C-section errors such as delayed C-section or failure to perform C-section
- Medication errors
- Failure to diagnose and treat fetal distress
When a child is born with a severe injury, his or her family can be entitled to many kinds of damages relating to the financial and emotional costs of caring for the child. Economic damages are intended to cover calculable losses, such as medical expenses, lost wages, and household modification costs.
Victims may also be awarded noneconomic damages for more subjective kinds of harm. Common noneconomic damage awards can include pain and suffering or emotional distress.
It is crucial for victims in these types of cases to understand that they only have a limited amount of time to take legal action. South Carolina state law places a three-year statute of limitations (time limit) on birth injury claims, so it is critical for people to retain legal counsel as soon as possible.
Common Kinds of South Carolina Birth Injuries
According to a March 2017 National Center for Health Statistics data brief, infant mortality rates have declined from 2005 through 2014. When birth injuries happen, some of the most frequent types include, but are not limited to:
- Shoulder dystocia
- Brachial plexus injury
- Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)
- Meconium Aspiration Syndrome
- Cerebral palsy
- Brain damage
- Fractures (broken bones)
- Internal bleeding
- Nerve damage
In addition to injuries to children, certain types of medical negligence may also result in injuries to mothers. Specific injuries to children are not always evident to some parents.
Find a Birth Injury Attorney in South Carolina
If your child was born with a birth injury or you suffered injuries during childbirth because of medical negligence, it is in your best interest to quickly retain legal counsel. Contact the Nye Law Group right away.
Our experienced personal injury lawyer will fight to make sure that you receive every last cent of compensation you are entitled to. You can take advantage of a free consultation to have our firm provide a complete evaluation of your case when you call 855-636-9277 or contact us online today.