Who is responsible for personal injury suffered at birth?

There are a lot of things in life that can lead to injury. Parents in Arizona and elsewhere do all they can to protect their children from those things, but unfortunately, some things are simply beyond our control. When a child suffers a personal injury during the birthing process, it is not uncommon for parents to want answers and to seek help in determining who can be held responsible for any resulting damages.

New parents place a lot of faith and trust in medical providers. Bringing new life into the world, while joyous, can be an intimidating task. They look to medical staff to get them through pregnancy, labor and delivery with a healthy child as the end-result. The decisions made by medical providers during labor and delivery can have a tremendous impact on the overall health and well-being of the child. Any mistakes made during this process can have life-altering to fatal consequences.

If a child is injured during the birthing process and negligence by medical staff is suspected, parents can take legal action. Civil claims can be filed against any medical staff deemed responsible for the injury, the health care facility and pharmaceutical companies if medications given are linked to the resulting damage. A careful review of events and records will help in determining if any negligence contributed to a birth injury and in determining who may be responsible.

Parents in Arizona who feel their child has suffered a personal injury at birth have every right to question the circumstances surrounding events that led up to the injury. If negligence is suspected, a number of legal claims may be filed in an effort to seek compensation. Personal injury, medical malpractice, pharmaceutical liability and other legal actions, if successfully managed, can result in monetary relief for the current and future economic and non-economic losses that may result from an injury suffered at birth.

Source: FindLaw, "Responsible Parties in Birth Injury Cases: Who Can Be Sued?", Accessed on Feb. 20, 2015

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